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National Library of Ireland

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 603 0200
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Not ideal for tourists

One of few free 'attractions' in Dublin, this library is of architectural interest and adjacent to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
BMEv
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
Worthy of a visit

Htis gsallery has been upgraded in the past year. It is very impressive and userfriendly. Paintigs... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
niallo829
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Dublin, Ireland
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Visit the National Library of Ireland (NLI), where Ireland’s story is an open book. Enjoy the NLI’s lively programme of events and exhibitions, consult its collections, get help tracing your family tree and drop by Café Joly for a quick coffee or relaxing lunch. Particular highlights at the main library buildings on Kildare Street are the award-winning Yeats exhibition, and moving World War Ireland exhibition. The NLI’s National Photographic Archive, where the exhibition “Photo Detectives” explores a century of Irish life through remarkable photographs, is situated in Temple Bar. All locations are FREE to visit and within a short walking distance of the Grafton Street shopping area and St. Stephens Green.
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Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of few free 'attractions' in Dublin, this library is of architectural interest and adjacent to the National Gallery of Archaeology museum across the road. Unfortunately, as a tourist, there is limited rooms you are able to visit, the only one being a research exhibition...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Htis gsallery has been upgraded in the past year. It is very impressive and userfriendly. Paintigs are very well displayed and special exhibitons are held from time to time. If you have an interest in art you should visit the Gallery. The restaurant is not...More

Thank niallo829
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This library had interesting architecture details on the outside. We went in for a quick look after our visit to the National Gallery of Archaeology museum next door. Unfortunately there was not many rooms that we could view as this was specifically a research /reference...More

Thank Della G
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

I spent a week in Dublin to see the sights and to find out more about my great great grandmother who was born in 1867 in Ireland. The library seemed to be the obvious place to start my search. With the help of Carmen I...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Christina was incredibly helpful in helping me search for family information. She was patient and kind in sharing how I could find more information and guided me in the right direction. Such a beautiful library.

Thank Theresa R
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We visit here whenever we are in Dublin. Love the place. It is free. Beautiful building. Much history to take in.

Thank C H
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Well worth a visit to the Library to enjoy the artifacts that are assembled to describe the 1916 Uprising. The artifacts consist of newspaper articles, pictures, and descriptive information composed by Library staff to describe this important event in Irish history. If this exhibition leaves...More

Thank Dr. Chuck Bauer
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

It took us awhile to find this library only to find out once we got inside that you can't go into the rooms unless you are doing research. So it's not even worth finding.

Thank Deb873
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Highlight for my 7 year old was seeing a sofa & two big chairs in the toilet! I feel like we missed some part of the library - got to see a lady resting her head in the research room. We spend about 20 minutes...More

Thank Carol D
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Staff very helpful and free WB Yeats exhibit in lower level. We also had a snack in the on site cafe which was very nice. They also have an area to assist in tracing your Irish ancestry.

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RancherBill_12
17 September 2017|
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Response from OmarKhayyam | Reviewed this property |
While there at this free institution, take time to stop at the coffee shop for some make-it-yourself crumpet dessert with strawberries and cream then add a spot of tea!
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Margaret N
23 August 2015|
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Response from averil s | Reviewed this property |
There are genealogists on duty some days during the week and you can probably e-mail to check which day. Re accommodation you can check airbnb where people advertise accommodation in their own homes at a reasonable price... More
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Hilary H
3 August 2015|
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Response from 2014Helen67 | Reviewed this property |
have you logged on to ancestry info on your computer and got information from births and deaths in ireland? ring the irish embassy and you will find someone there will direct you in the right way. you seem to have the names... More
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