A beautifully preserved building from the early eighteenth century. Opened as Ireland’s first public library in 1707, the original oak bookcases house more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Famous readers have included Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce. Children particularly welcome, but do beware of the ghost of the Archbishop.
Visit website for information on current exhibitions. Tours can be booked in advance for large groups and there is a tour each day at 15:00 for whoever would like to join.
Who isn’t keen to make sure they experience the best things to do in Dublin?
Everyone has their own bucket list – from pouring the perfect pint, to touring Temple Bar and visiting the historic Trinity College.
If you have one, two or three days allocated to tourism in Dublin, and know you plan to take the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, to visit the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery, the DublinPass is your best buy.
It includes admission to the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, Guinness, Jameson and a number of other attractions; it all depends how many places you want to visit in one-to-three days. And this is will give you extra time to visit Marsh’s Library.
So you’re planning an exploration of Ireland’s stunning old capital? Dublin has sites to keep you busy for days, from musty old museums and libraries to fantastic pubs and wonderful restaurants.
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