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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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A bibliophile's dream

A small but incredible library. You can tell that the collection is very well loved and cared... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
barbabelle00
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Toronto, Canada
This was excellent - EUR 3 pp

If you love libraries, this is the one you really need to visit. Though, they will not let you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dianezhi
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Portland, Oregon
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One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a wonderfully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature. There is also some material of a very scurrilous nature. Every year an exhibition of rare and curious items is presented from the holdings of the Library. The current exhibition is titled: 'Hunting Stolen Books', an exhibition of books that went missing from the collection but were luckily found, returned or replaced.
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St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A small but incredible library. You can tell that the collection is very well loved and cared for. Incredible old books. The smell of the library is heavenly. Don't go expecting a huge attraction like Trinity library. This is a tucked away little gem. If...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Your review is much appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love libraries, this is the one you really need to visit. Though, they will not let you touch books, you can experience the feel of how it was centuries ago. When we were there, they had a "solo" exhibition, only one copy in...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Your review is so kind, thank you very much!! It makes our job all the better. Much appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came upon this library while wandering the streets of Dublin. A hidden gem, much less expensive than many sites and well kept. Many books over 300 years od. Located near St. Patrick cathedral.

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review. Much appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really loved this library! The entryway is beautiful before you even get in the library. Staff was friendly. It says free admission, but they request a donation of 3 euro per person at the entry. Still worth it to see this historic building and...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

You must have seen the entry fee for children. Children under 16 go free. Standard entry fee is €3 and all concessions are €2. But we are glad you didn't turn around at the door and enjoyed your visit. Your review is much appreciated, thank...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So Marsh's library is not for everyone and there's a scurillous rumour that reading, seeing or being in possession of such scholarly works as "fifty shades of grey" will elicit a lifetime ban. The Library contains such easy reads as Epithalamium In Hominem....Tobia Andrea....et Elizabeth's...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your fabulous review, it is 'muchly' appreciated!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This library caught my interest as it is where Bram Stoker sat and worked on his writing of Dracula. This was enough to lure me to the library and I was not disappointed. Of course, you couldn't touch or look at any of the books...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Your review is much appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love libraries but this one is a real gem. Actually this was my favorite place in Dublin. I really like the idea of the cages - they locked scholars in so they didn't steal the books. Very friendly greeting upon entry and only 3...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Well, I think that is a first to be called cool and we like it! We are delighted we were your favourite, many thanks for writing us a review.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a quirky but important place. Thousands of years of preserving books. They store and also repair them onsite. Some of the rarest books with only a single copy are here. You can't touch anything or read the titles unless you read latin. But you...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit to us. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a delightful little library. I wish you could touch (or smell) the books. It takes less than 30 min to go through this gem but is well worth a stop!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in the queue for a cup of coffee in Dublin, when an Irish lady started talking to me. When she heard my friend and I had been browsing bookshops in the city, she told us Marsh’s Library would be wonderful for us to...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for writing such a lovely review of your visit to us...and thank you to the lady who reccommended us too, wherever you are!

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