Marsh's Library

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6 expert recommendations


Condé Nast Traveler

Though visitors tend to flock to see the Book of Kells, less make the journey down to Marsh’s Library, the atmospheric home to nearly 25,000 rare books. The library hasn’t changed in... Full review →

The library used to have a rather novel approach to theft avoidance—visitors were locked in elegant cages as they read, which you can see in the Second Gallery.


When Ireland's first public library was founded and endowed in 1701 by Narcissus Marsh, the Archbishop of Dublin, it was made open to "All Graduates and Gentlemen." Full review →


Frommer's 33

This caged library, founded in 1701, is the real thing. Unlike Trinity College's Long Room, which is largely for show these days, Marsh's Library is still functioning. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick@2x Top Choice

This magnificently preserved scholars' library, virtually unchanged in three centuries, is one of Dublin's most beautiful open secrets, and an absolute highlight of any visit. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

The first public library in Ireland was built in 1701 by archbishop Narcissus Marsh. There are 25 000 volumes here Full review →


Time Out

This is the oldest public library in Ireland (and the only 18th-century building still used for its original purpose). Full review →

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