Local Attractions #13: Marsh's Library

Marsh’s Library is situated right beside St. Patrick’s Cathedral and is home to over 25,000 rare and fascinating books and manuscripts. The library allows the guest to step back into the eighteenth century, due to its largely unchanged interior since its founding in 1707. Visitors from all over the world come to admire the architecture and soak up the atmosphere.

Marsh’s Library is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose. The library contains two galleries joined together by a small reading room. The First Gallery houses 10,000 books in a wide range of areas, including history, law, politics, classical studies and science. The Second Gallery contains Archbishop Narcissus Marsh’s personal collection of books and also features lockable cages used once upon a time to prevent readers stealing books.

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A visit to Marsh’s Library is encouraged for those interested in history and architecture. Previous visitors to the library for research include Bram Stoker and James Joyce, whilst bullet holes from stray shots during the 1916 Rebellion can be seen in numerous books and shelving.


Adult: €5.00 (£4.43 or $5.52).
Student/Senior: €3.00 (£2.66 or $3.31).
Free entry for under 16s and jobseekers.
*Currency conversions correct as on 27.04.2023.

Distance from The West County Hotel
Marsh’s Library is located just beside St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and is 7km from The West County Hotel. Take Bus 26 from outside the hotel and get off at Stop 1478 (Inns Quay, Chancery Place). Marsh’s Library is located a 10 minute walk from this bus stop.

Contact Details for Marsh’s Library
Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8.
Tel: 01 454 3511.
Email: keeper@marshlibrary.ie.
Website: www.marshlibrary.ie.

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