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Marsh's Library
Dublin City, Co. Dublin
Established in Dublin City in 1707, Marsh's Library is the oldest public library in Ireland. It was built by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and contains 25,000 rare and fascinating books, as well as 300 manuscripts.

Marsh's Library is a beautifully preserved building from the early 18th century, built in the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment style. It is one of the last library buildings in Ireland still used for its original purpose.

The original oak bookcases house many literary treasures and exhibitions. Famous readers have included Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce. Some say the ghost of Archbishop Marsh roams the rooms.

Children are particularly welcome, and the library has fun activities to occupy them.

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.
Safety Charter
Family friendly
Hidden gem
Rainy days
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Contact details
St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8, Ireland
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