Marsh's Library

 Dark oak bookcases in the Marsh's Library, Dublin City, County Dublin
Marsh's Library row of original shelves
  • Family friendly
  • Hidden gem
  • Rainy days

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.

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