Marsh's Library
Marsh's Library
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:00
Thursday
09:30 - 17:00
Friday
09:30 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
About
One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a beautifully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell. The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books, and our current exhibition brings a selection of these to life for visitors.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
  • Harcourt • 10 min walk
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  • Gabrielle I
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time in an old library.
    I greatly enjoy libraries, and libraries full of old books are the best! Had a wonderful time just wandering through the halls, walking back and forth just looking at the books. Attempted the Lego scavenger hunt (missed a few!) and am excited to come back and research something!
    Thanks so much for your review, and we will welcome you back when you have your research ideas!
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • E T
    The Hague, The Netherlands227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Very beautiful library, small but impressive and interesting. Quit, not a lot of tourist, location outside the St. Patrick Cathedral on a corner, hidden in a garden. Staff very helpful and friendly. Good idea for children they have a scavenger hunt for lego figures, which images were the old writers, like Bram Stoker etc. with explanation.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to review us, much appreciated. So glad you enjoyed your visit!
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Sarah X
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful space with much to explore
    Marsh's Library, on its face, seems like an odd place for a tourist to stop—a rather small historic library, rather niche in its appeal. Yet, this ended up being one of my favorite places in Dublin. Not only is it beautiful, but the curators kindly entertained my many questions about Latinate titles, preservation, and even Esther "Stella" Johnson (a cast of her skull resides in one of the reading rooms.) In the hustle and bustle of the city, it was a welcome view into a corner of its history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Susana G
    Portugal11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but not that much
    It's good, however if you're not a geography guy it might not be worth paying for it. It's repetitive, as expected - you'll get plenty of bookshelves. Additionally, you'll find old discovery maps, which are interesting. Don't regret going but would not recommend over other places.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Sarada Bonnett
    Covington, Louisiana11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marsh’s Library
    Marsh's Library in Dublin is a literary haven, steeped in history and charm. Established in 1707, it stands as one of Ireland's oldest public libraries. The moment you step through its iconic wooden door, you're transported to a bygone era. The architecture, with its wooden galleries and antique bookcases, creates an atmosphere that whispers tales of centuries past. The collection of rare and ancient books is nothing short of awe-inspiring. From dusty tomes to delicate manuscripts, each piece feels like a portal to a different epoch. The library's commitment to preserving these literary treasures is evident, and the sense of reverence it imparts is truly remarkable. Wandering through the hallowed halls, you can almost feel the intellectual energy that has permeated the space over the centuries. The tranquility is punctuated only by the creaking of the wooden floors and the occasional flutter of a turning page. The staff, passionate about their charge as custodians of this literary trove, are both knowledgeable and welcoming. They add a personal touch, sharing insights into the library's history and the significance of its holdings. Marsh's Library is not just a collection of books; it's a living testament to Ireland's literary heritage. Visiting feels like stepping back in time, providing a rare opportunity to connect with centuries of human thought and creativity. For anyone with a love for literature and history, this library is a must-visit, offering a glimpse into the past that is both enriching and profoundly moving.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 February 2024
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Sarada Bonnett
Covington, LA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Marsh's Library in Dublin is a literary haven, steeped in history and charm. Established in 1707, it stands as one of Ireland's oldest public libraries. The moment you step through its iconic wooden door, you're transported to a bygone era. The architecture, with its wooden galleries and antique bookcases, creates an atmosphere that whispers tales of centuries past.

The collection of rare and ancient books is nothing short of awe-inspiring. From dusty tomes to delicate manuscripts, each piece feels like a portal to a different epoch. The library's commitment to preserving these literary treasures is evident, and the sense of reverence it imparts is truly remarkable.

Wandering through the hallowed halls, you can almost feel the intellectual energy that has permeated the space over the centuries. The tranquility is punctuated only by the creaking of the wooden floors and the occasional flutter of a turning page.

The staff, passionate about their charge as custodians of this literary trove, are both knowledgeable and welcoming. They add a personal touch, sharing insights into the library's history and the significance of its holdings.

Marsh's Library is not just a collection of books; it's a living testament to Ireland's literary heritage. Visiting feels like stepping back in time, providing a rare opportunity to connect with centuries of human thought and creativity. For anyone with a love for literature and history, this library is a must-visit, offering a glimpse into the past that is both enriching and profoundly moving.
Written 29 February 2024
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Mkdory
Kingscourt, Ireland215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
So much history - the smell of old books hit you as soon as you enter the library. Amazing and well worth a visit. I hope it’s here for years to come.
Written 15 February 2024
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Sonja K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
What a gem of a heritage site! Marsh‘s Library is well worth a visit, especially at the moment while Trinity College‘s Long Hall is undergoing renovation. Plus, this is one of the less pricy visitor attractions in Dublin - and worth every Cent: We delved into the founding of the library first, and our guide Oisin made the historic library keepers come alive with colourful descriptions of their lives and times. More anecdotes and fascinating history followed as we made our way through the 18th century library. Photographers will love the gorgeous ancient books and the atmospheric feel of the old building. Definitely a must-see attraction, both for book lovers and history buffs.
Written 9 February 2024
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1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We were quite excited to see the library, we were met with unfriendly faces of the two women working there. Both outside and inside it was not advertised that the library visit would cost money. So when we entered we were quite surprised that for a tiny library the entry fee was quite a lot. When we were surprised by the price both people working there looked at us horrendously and then proceeded to kick us out slamming the door behind us. This place is not worth the visit.
Written 9 February 2024
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Jason Reilly
Robesonia, PA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Marsh's Library is worth the visit while in the area of Saint Patrick's Cathedral with helpful and friendly staff on-site.
Written 23 December 2023
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David B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Such impressive history and wonderfully nice staff. I would highly recommend this visit to anyone staying in Dublin ❤️
Written 14 November 2023
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Bread2011
Hong Kong, China92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Worth a visit and value for money. You can pay entrance fee onsite. Just nearby St. Patrick Cathedral. Not too many people. Lots of bookshelves and
Written 23 October 2023
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Susana G
Portugal11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It's good, however if you're not a geography guy it might not be worth paying for it. It's repetitive, as expected - you'll get plenty of bookshelves. Additionally, you'll find old discovery maps, which are interesting. Don't regret going but would not recommend over other places.
Written 14 October 2023
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Ciyates
103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Great library, lots of information as we toured it. The staff was wonderful and so much history in one spot!
Written 2 October 2023
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Emma P
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This is a real gem. Loads of atmosphere, friendly staff and we saw a great exhibition on early American maps/ settlers. One of those places that isn’t showy but you will always remember.
Written 8 September 2023
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