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National Library of Ireland
Dublin Top 3 in Instagram-Worthy Locations

22 Reviews
Closed Open on Mon-Wed,9:30am-7:45pm;Open on Thu-Fri,9:30am-4:45pm;Open on Sat,9:30am-12:45am
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Official website: https://www.nli.ie/
Phone: +353-1-6030200

What people are saying:

A great activity for those on a budget, and one which can easily be squeezed into a weekend itinerary. It's located near the National Gallery and a few other museums. Not many tourists venture here, but it's free to enter, open everyday, and there's a lot to see. Just be aware that you have to remove your belongings and lock them in a locker before entering. The award winning exhibitions which are housed here are also free to enter and extremely interesting. It's worth admiring the beautiful architecture of the outside too.

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  • dublindweller2015
    Dublin, Ireland

    Beautiful reading room.

    Gorgeous building. Yeats exhibition downstairs and they have lots of literature related events on throughout the year.

    Reviewed on /Date(1580722928000+0800)/
  • Trip03953845671


    Excellent collection of books, fabulous building aswell and really enjoyed studying within the reading room! Staff are quite friendly and helpful

    Reviewed on /Date(1579326481000+0800)/
  • Jeniferodinnell

    Very interesting exhibition and lovely restaurant

    While here I met a friend and we had lunch in the restaurant. Lovely home cooked food and it is a hidden gem. Good value as well. There are different exhibitions and you can also check on ancestry et...

    Reviewed on /Date(1577417865000+0800)/
  • Sean_David_Lucas

    Excellent experience

    Lovely morning at the national library. Yeates exhibition excellent as was my light lunch at Cafe Jolly.

    Reviewed on /Date(1572978574000+0800)/
  • GLWayne
    Newbury, United Kingdom

    Beautiful building

    Pleasing to the eye, inside and out, this is good for a quick visit or longer, depending on exhibitions. We just dropped in on the way past for a look through the census archives and a play about with...

    Reviewed on /Date(1572978468000+0800)/

Additional Information


This reference library is mainly for scholarship, and is often utilized by people looking for clues to their genealogy. It also incorporates a analyzing room, in which authors may be seen discussing their works, and an exhibition hall, which features some of the library's big series.
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