Marsh's Library, in Dublin City, is a beautifully preserved building and is one of the few in Ireland still used for its original purpose. Unchanged since it was established in 1707, it is the oldest public library in Ireland. It contains 25,000 rare and fascinating books, as well as 300 manuscripts.
Famous readers have included the Irish writers Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce. You will see the cages into which readers were locked, the courtyard garden and perhaps even the ghost of Archbishop Marsh.
Children are particularly welcome, and they will enjoy the mini figure hunt through the library. Visit the website for information on current exhibitions and its range of online resources and activities.
Why we like it
- The oldest public library in Ireland still in operation, dating back to the early 18th century.
- A hidden gem with beautiful architecture, exhibitions and rare literary treasures.
- Particular attention is given to child visitors with fun activities to entertain them.