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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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Sweet staff

Beautiful books but you aren't allowed to pick one up. Believe me, you'll want to :) Nice staff... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
candysap
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Santa Barbara, California
Book Lovers Dream

A robust library just full of amazing books, all full of character and age. The library is quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Henry1983-1
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Dundalk, Ireland
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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

Beautiful books but you aren't allowed to pick one up. Believe me, you'll want to :) Nice staff and they had an interesting exhibit at the time. I don't understand the monster pictures that were for sale. They had a small area to take photos...More

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us and the staff appreciate praise at all times! For obvious reasons you aren't allowed to pick up any of the rare books, they are fragile so imagine the damage that could be caused! The prints on display...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A robust library just full of amazing books, all full of character and age. The library is quite small but well worth a visit. I did struggle with the inability to pick up or read any of the books...it's a bit frustrating but obviously very...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your review! Yes, please do follow us on Facebook, twitter and instagram!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stepping inside the Marsh Library is like takin a trip back in time. 3 rooms filled with books from years gone by. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They currently have a scavenger hunt for “lost books.” I’m sure children love it, as two...More

Thank Erin M
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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the library, thanks for taking the time to review us.

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Great little gem! Had read about it during the Bram Stoker festival and then eventually visited it. It's like stepping back in time. the reception team are very knowledgeable and friendly. The price is great value. It is steeped in history and well worth a...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your fantastic review!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Near St. Patrick Cathedral, Marsh Library is such a gem. Tiny but gorgeous...nothing to envy to the more famous Long Room in Trinity College

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We stopped in and were happily surprised with the exhibit of the missing books. A fabulous collection ( of books not missing!) with knowledgeable docents to guide you through. Great photo op at the end :)

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Your review is much appreciated! Thank you.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Hidden behind some trees next to the St. Patrick's Cathedral, this library costs only €3 to get in and is a jewel. With 3 impressive rooms, it looks as if you jumped a few centuries in the past. Seeing the library itself is nice enough,...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thanks so much for your kind review!

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

It is such a wonderful place to visit. It was quiet and it was just plain beautiful. The staff were brilliant and we got so much information from the staff. The children did a hunt for the stolen books game and that was great fun...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us!

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Marsh library is a small treasure in the heart of Dublin. It’s pretty small, so it does not take long for visiting it all, but what you find inside is definitely worth to see. Everything is authentic, the staff composed by young volunteers is very...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thanks so much for this great review, you can come again!!

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The terrific staff member gave us a brief history of this wonderful find. They have an exhibition on Stolen books that was astonishing..not because books were stolen, (terrible) but many were found, returned--even after a century or more...The books are in their original shelf places--to...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you so much for your words of praise, much appreciated and glad you enjoyed your visit to us!

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