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“Hidden Gem next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral”
Review of Marsh's Library

Marsh's Library
Ranked #35 of 586 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

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 adults in our thirties we had a great time working through the hunt!
To preserve the books there are no photos allowed until you get to the selfie spot at the end of the third room, take advantage of that spot to snap a shot of yourself among 200+ year old books!
Absolutely worth a stop in!

Thank Erin M
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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

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

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Reviewed 7 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 visit.

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

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, but they also have a lot of information about books that have been stolen over the years from the library and a lot of historical facts.

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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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