The first public library in Ireland was built in 1701 by archbishop Narcissus Marsh. There are 25,000 volumes from four private collections, including countless ancient rare volumes. Dark oak shelves divide the long room into seven sections. To protect the valuable books, readers are placed in alcoves, which are visible at all times, and the books are attached to the wall by a chain device.
Address:St. Patrick's Close Dublin
Price:3 € €
daily except Tue and Sun 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm - closed Bank Hols and 24 Dec-1 Jan