Each time I visit a new city, I like to spend time in libraries and bookshops too. The smell of the paper, the quietness, the whispering… they drive me crazy! That’s why today I’d like to suggest you 3 of my favourite reading spots in Dublin.
If you are an old libraries enthusiast, you must visit the iconic Old Library, which is part of the Trinity College. The Long Room is, without a doubt, the most interesting area of the building. It is mostly covered in wood and its floor creaks under your every step. The room is 65 metres long, covered in shelves containing 200.000 ancient manuscripts and a copy of the original Irish Republic proclamation text . It also displays several busts of distinguished scholars and a harp dating back to 14th century.
Another famous and worth-a-visit library is the Chester Betty Library. It is more than a library, it is a museum. The most beautiful in Ireland and one of the most interesting in Europe. It is located inside the Clock Tower, just behind the Dublin Castle and it displays a variety of unique worldwide texts.
If, instead, you’d like to chill, read or buy some books, you definitely must stop at The Winding Stair bookshop. It is located in the real heart of the City, overlooking the River Liffey and just in front of the Ha’Penny Bridge. It also has a restaurant upstairs where you can enjoy a tasty meal.
- Library: Old Library and Chester Betty Library
- Bookshop: The Winding Stair
- Restaurant: The Winding Stair