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Address: John Street, Cashel, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 62 61333
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You've probably heard of 'The Rock of Cashel' but did you know that Cashel...

You've probably heard of 'The Rock of Cashel' but did you know that Cashel is also the home of some other rare and valuable objects such as one of the smallest books in the world?

The Bolton Library contains a unique collection of antiquarian books and is the finest collection outside of Dublin. The collection contains a wide range of subjects and includes a 12th century manuscript, papyri dating from the 1st century, the Nuremberg Chronicle and works by Dante, Swift, Calvin, Erasmus and Machiavelli to name but a few. Also on display are maps and church silver.

Since 1836 the library has been housed in the Chapter House situated on the grounds of the Cathedral Church of St. Patrick's Rock and St. John the Baptist on John Street, Cashel. Also within the grounds are The Old Medieval Town Walls which included the magnificent Hackett Effigies.

We offer a guided tour that includes The Bolton Library, The Old Town Walls and Hackett Effigies, and The Cathedral Church of St.Patrick's Rock and St.John The Baptist for just €3 per person.

It is well worth a visit!

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Bolton Library no longer in Cashel

Regrettably, the Bolton Library is no longer housed in The Chapter House, Cashel In February of this year the Library was transferred to the University of Limerick. This move was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Regrettably, the Bolton Library is no longer housed in The Chapter House, Cashel In February of this year the Library was transferred to the University of Limerick. This move was necessary, and essential, if this unique library and its irreplaceable contents were to be preserved. The Chapter House, as a building, was never designed to house such rare books and... More 

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Gorey, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I love the Bolton Library - it has an amazing collection of books and weird and wonderful objects e.g. A coconut engraved and mounted in Silver which was a gift from Queen Elizabeth I, the smallest book in the world and books once own by the original Dracula and Catherine of Aragon to name but a few

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Thank Patrick D
Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

We arrived this afternoon excited to see important documents in such an intimate setting. We were surprised to find a note on the door informing visitors that the collection has been moved to the University of Limerick. Slightly disappointing for a moment, but of course it's necessary to protect the materials and give them the care they need.

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1 Thank Whitneymatt1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015 via mobile

Well worth a visit! Would be amazing to see some funding into this place! The host was knowledgable and more than willing to spend a lot of time with us. The age of some of the artifacts here is astonishing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

I can only concur with the very positive reviews of others. We arranged a time to visit with the Tourist Information Office, and found Martin, the curator and our guide, very knowledgeable, helpful and obviously proud of such a collection of rare books and manuscripts in a small town. Some of the graves around the cathedral are also worth a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

Had a really informative tour of the Bolton Library. Our guide, Fiona was a mind of knowledge. She was able to describe in great detail any of the many books on display and answered all questions clearly, patiently and informatively. Her passion for the library and its extensive range of antiquarian books was truly impressive. It's nothing short of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

The viewing was a joy from start to finish for the enthusiasm of the curator alone. This gentleman has a huge responsibility (not only to the library but to the cathedral grounds too). His budget for this is as close to zero as makes no odds. The fabric of the building housing this priceless collection is itself in danger, not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

We visited Bolton library today and received a very warm welcome from the curator, Martin who showed us around providing an informative and entertaining guide to this wonderful place. The library is fascinating and includes many rare and important books including the smallest book in the world,which our children loved! It is well worth a visit and it is such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

In an unassuming building is this huge collection of books mouldering away because of lack of attention Originally in the region of 12000 books , the collection was started in the 15 th century.From Jonathan Swifts signature , to an original Egyption papyrus, the collection is staggering. And yet inexplicably , no attention is being given to what should be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

The Bolton Library and tour by Fiona was a highlight of our trip to Ireland. I don't believe the people of Cashel realize the importance and value of these early editions of Europe's primary literary works. Despite the "romantic" atmosphere of the building, they should not be housed in a small stone damp unheated building. The priceless works must be... More 

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