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Marsh's Library

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
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+353 1 454 3511
09:30 - 17:00
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One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right...

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 '1916: Tales from the Other Side', exploring minority experiences of 1916 and the years that followed.

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An Under-rated Spot

Worth a visit, this spot houses scores of beautiful, rare books. Worth a quick jaunt when visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth a visit, this spot houses scores of beautiful, rare books. Worth a quick jaunt when visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

So cheaper and so nice library in the centre of Dublin! I really recommend to spent 20 minutes there! And the voulunter who work there are really nice as well!

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Annandale, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped into Marsh's library based on the Lonely Planet description that people who miss this gem are "mad, and don't deserve a holiday." Couldn't agree more. A truly amazing space full of the smell and sight of well-kept old books, as well as fascinating exhibits highlighting the library or the books' centrality in history and culture. Plus, modern 'try it!... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ran into Marsh's Library because it was on the Scavanger Tour. Oh my God. What was going to be a 'run for the next clue' ended up turning into a 1.5 hour visit. You also meet the Wounded Books. Visit to get the full story.

Thank LuzMc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away on the backside of St. Patrick's, this 30 minute experience will be a highlight for kids and adults. Along with being a gorgeous little 18th century library, anyone can doodle, learn to use a quill pen, and see whimsical pen and inks of various literary notables. The best part is that you can take lots of fun photos... More 

Thank Peter K
Julie B, Education at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review....it's all for adults too! ;0) More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I finished at St. Patrick's Cathedral and had some time before my tour group met. Our meeting location was at the door of Marsh's Library, so I stopped-in. The docent immediately greeted me and told me the 'rules' of the space and about their current exhibit, as well as a brief history of the library (it's 700 years old). Their... More 

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

We're very glad you stumbled upon us. Thanks for taking the time to review us, much appreciated. Just to correct you though, the library is 300 years old, but we have some books that are 700 years old! More 

Elbridge, New York, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the exhibit, "The Unicorn & the Fencing Mouse" which features doodles and interesting annotations from the collection. While Trinity Library is grand, Marsh's is more personal, allowing you a closer look. The volunteers were eager to share some of the library's rich history including facts such as Bram Stoker visiting to research Transylvania. From their website, "Marsh’s Library... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Nice glimpse of yesteryear. Don't subject your kids. Cost is 3 euro per person. There's certainly 15 minutes here for most.

Thank Davidoffhansky
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Well children get in free and we have lots of fun things for them to do! They will definitely want to come for our next exhibition too...Watch our website space in May! So please do subject them! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

So beautiful. Incunabula without climate control, if that is your thing, or just inhale the intoxicating scent of ancient books.

Thank Angela L
san diego, ca
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My definite dream library. You can't go in to the alcoves, but just walking up and down the aisles was breathtaking.

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