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National Library of Ireland

Closed Now: 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
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A wonderful Yests exhibit kept me longer than I thought it could.

The exhibit about Yeats and his poetry is spellbinding. There are small enclosure where one can... read more

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There are some lovely buildings in the city and this is one of them. In the city centre a really... read more

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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...more
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Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 603 0200
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The exhibit about Yeats and his poetry is spellbinding. There are small enclosure where one can hear him recite his poetry and other voices declaim other poems. I sat there a long time. Thinking about how seldom we hear poetry spoken. The medium was made...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really big place could not really do much in their as only place for people who's studying And could not take any photos so only photo I've got is the one on here

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are some lovely buildings in the city and this is one of them. In the city centre a really lovely example of a library w th imposing pillars and local stone. Lovely.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

We took time out to visit the library and it was the most perfect way to spend time. Relaxing in the read out loud inspirational space, listening to the beautiful words of W B Yeats.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kate K
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

I went to the national library reading room for the first time on the recommendation of a Spanish friend. It is really one of Dublin hidden gems, so well done her! I checked my bags into the free lockers and brought some research books, climbing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lynda M
Reviewed 15 October 2018

We stopped to see the National Library of Ireland after our stop at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library. The National Library of Ireland was bright and nicely colored in wonderful variants of seafoam greens and white against the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

I always go there when I have free time to read a book that I do daily or a book from the library there. It is very quiet and peaceful, And love the architecture 😊

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sophiabyrne
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Stained glass windows, beautiful rotunda, majestic columns inside and out, detailed wood sculptures, mosaic floor, marble-canistered stairwell -- this is what you see upon entry into the building! You have to leave your backpack/bags, etc. in a cubby and go upstairs to see the grandiose...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Visited the new Séamus Heaney Exhibit in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on College Green as part of an Irish language tour. Our guide Aoileann was incredibly knowledgeable and skillfully brought us through the informative exhibition which is artfully laid out to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnEOL
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We spent 3 hours enjoying the Seamus Heaney Exhibit: which is NOT at the National Library on Kildare, but at The Bank of Ireland building opposite Trinity College. With excellent videos, a complete display of Heaney's books, the voice of Seamus Heaney himself (with text...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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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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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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