Marsh's Library

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7 expert recommendations


Condé Nast Traveler

Though you can’t browse the books themselves, selected tomes are displayed according to changing themes. Full review →



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 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 →


Travel + Leisure

One of the most atmospheric spots in Dublin, Marsh’s Library is a hauntingly beautiful building, which has barely changed in three centuries Full review →

At the back of the library, there are three ornate alcoves with wire doors, used as “reading cages”—readers would have been locked in when they were studying a rare book, to avoid theft.

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