Marsh's Library, situated in St. Patrick's Close, adjacent to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland is a well-preserved library of the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment. When it opened to the public in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. It was built to the order of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and has a collection of over 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts.Make Marsh's Library a part of your Dublin vacation plans using our Dublin trip planning site.
Tours to Marsh's Library
Marsh's Library reviews
I was originally intending to visit St Patrick's Cathedral but this was right next door, so I thought I'd take a look. The lady at the front desk was lovely and gave an overview of the key facts... more »
This little gem is tucked behind St. Patrick's cathedral as is worth visiting! It was the first public library in Dublin when it opened I 1702. more »
When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. The books on the shelves certainly seem old! A travel back in time experience, especially in this age of ebooks and audio books. However, the books on the shelves cannot be touched.
We happened upon this little library on a wander about Dublin and it's an absolute little gem. Some of the books actually have bullet holes from 1916 rising! There's a little section to try your hand at calligraphy... it's a lot harder than it looks btw! The staff are very friendly and will share a story or two if asked or interested
Plan your trip to Dublin
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Dublin
Kid-friendly things to do in Dublin
Hidden gems in Dublin
Museums in Dublin
Side trips from Dublin
Nearby attractions in Dublin
Trips to Marsh's Library by other users
30 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Dublin Kilkenny Westport 15 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA London Llandudno Dublin 30 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Dublin Kilkenny Westport 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Amsterdam Prague Rome 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Dublin Llandudno Edinburgh 22 days in County Dublin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Dublin