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National Library of Ireland

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 603 0200
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Very Interesting Visit

The had an exhibit of William Butler Yeats that was marvelous. The library has more WBY archival... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Susan P
Washington, D.C., USA
Stunning Setting

One of the most beautiful spaces in all of ireland is the Great Library. I finally got to see it on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material in the world. There are three reading rooms and a Genealogy Advisory Service to assist family history researchers. The Library also has two major exhibitions, the multi-awarding winning 'Yeats : the life and work of WB Yeats' and 'Strangers to Citizens : the Irish in Europe 1600-1800'. Entry to the Library and exhibitions is free.
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Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 603 0200
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The had an exhibit of William Butler Yeats that was marvelous. The library has more WBY archival materials than any other museum or library. Well done. Did not go upstairs to visit the library stacks.

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the most beautiful spaces in all of ireland is the Great Library. I finally got to see it on Culture Night and it was lovely to see a space such as this full of people interested in it. It was i am sure...More

Thank kingdomDublin
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can’t take photos upstairs, which is really too bad because the ceiling and the paint choice is magnificent, the stained glass windows in the main atrium are brilliant. As a fellow visitor said, ‘the loo is the most amazing ever seen’ and it truly...More

Thank murmac2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Declan at the genealogy center is a wonderful resource and can help direct you to a place that may hold information for your search. The genealogy room requires you to check your coats and all bags in free lockers provided before entering the room. There...More

Thank Carrie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most beautiful part of the national library is the great reading room upstairs.It takes only 10 minutes to visit it.

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Library if Ireland is the most beautiful library in Dublin - there are others but this is the most spectacular. The Yeats exhibition has been on for a long time but I say, why not, Yeats has huge meaning to our country and...More

Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

National Library has free admission, so that's a bonus straight away! We saw the fantastic W.B. Yeats exhibition here. The highlight for me was to sit and listen to various voices reading out his better known poems.

1  Thank Eily1961
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So the bus driver of the green hop on bus told us to stop in here for ancestry information. It was easy to do, luckily i had someone to help me look in the right places, I did get some good information that I could...More

Thank wolverine031001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A gorgeous building which features an incredible exhibit about W. B. Yeats. The collection of items, books, other artwork and writings by the author is just amazing. Really enjoyed it.

Thank diannesherryromano
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The National Library has an exhibition devoted entirely to WW1. It is a fascinating collection of diaries, advertisements, newspapers and letters that really gives you a feel for what it was like to experience the war during 1914-1918 in Ireland. The exhibit opens at 9:30...More

Thank Mimivfl73
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17 September 2017|
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Response from OmarKhayyam | Reviewed this property |
While there at this free institution, take time to stop at the coffee shop for some make-it-yourself crumpet dessert with strawberries and cream then add a spot of tea!
Margaret N
23 August 2015|
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Response from averil s | Reviewed this property |
There are genealogists on duty some days during the week and you can probably e-mail to check which day. Re accommodation you can check airbnb where people advertise accommodation in their own homes at a reasonable price... More
Hilary H
3 August 2015|
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Response from 2014Helen67 | Reviewed this property |
have you logged on to ancestry info on your computer and got information from births and deaths in ireland? ring the irish embassy and you will find someone there will direct you in the right way. you seem to have the names... More

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