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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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Extraordinary, a must see!

Whilst not as big as the Long Room at Trinity College, this collection is in original condition... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lee B
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Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Very interesting.

I wish there was more of a tour for it, or a small handbook. There is sure to be hundreds of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
99Jax
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Victoria, Canada
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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 '1916: Tales from the Other Side', exploring minority experiences of 1916 and the years that followed.
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St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Whilst not as big as the Long Room at Trinity College, this collection is in original condition going back to the 1700s.

Thank Lee B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I wish there was more of a tour for it, or a small handbook. There is sure to be hundreds of stories that that museum has to share, but unless you ask its not really presented.

Thank 99Jax
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing library packed with historical atmosphere, hidden from the crowds. A must see when in Dublin.

Thank 123Nina321
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss a chance to visit this historic library in Dublin! Very small in size but very vast in range of content and quirky stories. See ancient textbooks, locked "reading cages" and a great overview by the library staff. Small fee, plan to spend about...More

Thank Tripper01Philly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is so nice!! She gave me a brief history. You cannot take photos which I understand you must preserve the area. One of the reasons you cannot take photos also is because they have had many books stolen which is very sad, Completely...More

Thank Kelly G
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit, so sorry you couldn't take a selfie...any member of staff would have been pleased to help out!! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had time to go next door to Marsh Library. It cost 2 Euro and he paid for us to go in. While not as breathtaking as Trinity College library, it was still gorgeous and had the wonderful smell of old books. It was the...More

Thank Sa-i44
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Tee hee, you must have come when it was Maths Week for all the schools, so we would have had school groups coming in! That was a warm up puzzle for the children to warm up their brain muscles! Thank you for your very detailed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice library, what disappointed me was the fact that you could not take photos inside. I would have nothing to say about it if they did not have tripadvisor stickers spread around the library suggesting visitors to write reviews and share. If...More

Thank xaver72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite having lived near to St Patrick's and Marsh's Library many years ago, I had never visited this library. An invitation to a recent book launch in the library was my opportunity. I was really impressed by the style of the place and found myself...More

Thank Uranus7
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's a very short visit and the fee of 3€ each may seem like a lot for it but it does contibute to preserving the place, which is stunning. Incidentally, we had a lot of fun making our own bookmarks and taking pictures in the...More

Thank Alice G
Julie B, This is a nice library, what disappointed me was the fact that you could not take photos inside. I would have nothing to at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words! Glad you had fun!!

Reviewed 18 May 2017

You pay € 3.00 to get in, and a lady gave us a brief introduction, after waht we had a look round. The library is not big, but as many old books, so it's a interesting place to see.

Thank Galante78
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