Irish Literary Destinations and Attractions
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Irish Literature Attractions and Destinations

Welcome to the home of Joyce, Yeats and Wilde; of Heaney, Shaw and Beckett. Literature is in so many ways the fulcrum about which Irish cultural life turns. As such, a visit to Ireland which does not reference the nation's great writers would perhaps be a missed opportunity.

Use this page to find the attractions and destinations which continue to safeguard Ireland's rightful place on the literary world stage.

Literary Attractions in the East

  • The Book of Kells Exhibition Dublin

  • One of the planet's most cherished manuscripts, the Book of Kells dates back over 800 years. It is preserved in Trinity College, Dublin.
  • +353 (01) 896 1000
  • tcd.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • College Green, Dublin City
  • Open daily from 9.30a.m to 5p.m (12 Noon to 4.30 on Sunday)
  • Dublin City Archives Dublin

  • Holding records of Dublin City's civic government from 1171 up until the late 20th century.
  • +353(01)674 4999
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Pearse St, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10a.m to 8p.m. Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m
  • Pearse Street Library Dublin

  • Pearse Street Library stores records of, mainly Dublin based, daily newspapers and periodicals dating back to 1909. Today it is mainly used by researchers & students, as well as members of the public.
  • +353 (01) 6744 888
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Pearse St, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10a.m to 8p.m. Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m
  • National Library of Ireland Dublin

  • The National Library of Ireland features 8 million items. It also houses the largest single collection of W.B Yeat's work, over 2,000 items.
  • +353 (01) 603 0277
  • nli.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Kildare St, Dublin City
  • Open daily from 9.30a.m to 7.45p.m (Closed Sunday)
  • The James Joyce Centre Dublin

  • A museum dedicated to the appreciation of the writings and life of James Joyce. Located in a 1784 Georgian town house and featuring Joyce's writing table and a library of his work.
  • +353 (01) 878 8547
  • jamesjoyce.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Rotunda, Dublin City
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10a.m to 5p.m. Sunday 12 Noon to 5p.m. (Closed Monday)
  • Marsh's Library Dublin

  • Ireland's oldest public library (opened in 1707). Marsh's Library was founded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and today contains over 25,000 books.
  • +353 (01) 454 3511
  • marshlibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • St. Patrick's Close, Dublin City
  • Open 9:30a.m to 5.00p.m Weekdays (Closed Tuesday). Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m. (Closed Sunday)
  • Martello Tower Dublin

  • James Joyce is said to have taken inspiration from Martello Tower, for his writing of Ulysses, during his time living here in 1904. It is now a museum dedicated to Joyce.
  • +353 (01) 454 3511
  • joycetower.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Sandycove, Co. Dublin
  • Open Daily from 10a.m to 4p.m
  • Kildare Town Library Kildare

  • +353 (045) 520 235
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Claregate St, Co.Kildare
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 2p.m to 5p.m. Thursday 1p.m to 8p.m. Friday 9.30a.m to 5p.m. Saturday 9.30a.m to 12 Noon. (Closed Sunday & Monday)
  • Ashbourne Library Meath

  • +353 (01) 835 8185
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Ashbourne, Co. Meath
  • Open Monday 2p.m to 5p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m to 8.30p.m. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 8.30p.m. (Closed Sunday)
  • Greystones Library Wicklow

  • +353 (01) 287 3548
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10a.m to 5p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m to 8p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Literary Attractions in the South East

  • Carlow County Library Carlow
  • +353 (059) 912 9705
  • carlowlibraries.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Tullow St, Co. Carlow
  • Open daily at 9.45a.m to 5.30p.m (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Until 7.30p.m (Tuesday & Thursday). Until 1p.m (Saturday). (Closed Sunday).
  • Thurles Library Tipperary
  • (076) 106 6131
  • tipperarylibraries.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30a.m to 5.30p.m. Friday 9.30 to 5p.m. Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m. (Closed Sunday)
  • Wexford Town Library Wexford
  • +353 (053) 919 6760
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Ferrybank South, Co.Wexford
  • Open 10.30a.m Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday until 5.30pm
  • Open 10.30a.m Tuesday & Thursday until 9pm. (Closed Sunday)

Literary Attractions in West Ireland

  • Clare County Library Clare
  • +353 (065) 684 6350
  • clarelibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Ennis, County Clare
  • Open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10a.m. to 5.30p.m. Tuesday & Friday 10a.m to 8p.m. Saturday 10a.m. to 2p.m.(Closed Sunday)
  • Galway County Library Galway
  • +353 (091) 561 666
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • St Augustine St, Galway City
  • Open 2p.m to 5p.m. 11a.m to 8p.m Tuesday to Saturday. (Closed Sunday)
  • Ballybane Library Galway
  • +353 (098) 25747
  • mayolibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Castlepark Rd, Co.Galway
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10a.m to 7p.m. Thursday & Friday 10a.m to 5p.m. Saturday 10a.m to 4p.m. (Closed Weekend)
  • Westport Library Mayo
  • +353 (091) 509 244
  • galwaylibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Westport, County Mayo
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10a.m to 7p.m. Thursday & Friday 10a.m to 5p.m. Saturday 1a.m to 4p.m. (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Literary Attractions in the South West

  • Kerry Library Kerry
  • +353 (066) 712 1200
  • kerrylibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m to 8p.m (Closed Sunday)
  • Limerick City Library Limerick
  • +353 (061) 557 510
  • Webpage
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Michael St, Limerick City
  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m to 8p.m (Closed Sunday)
  • Waterford Room LibraryWaterford
  • One of the planet's most cherished manuscripts, the Book of Kells dates back over 800 years. It is preserved in Trinity College, Dublin.

  • +353 (051) 849 975
  • waterfordlibraries.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Lady Lane, Waterford City
  • Open 10a.m to 5.30p.m (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday) to 8p.m (Wednesday) (Closed Sunday)

Literary Attractions in the North West

  • Central Library Donegal
  • +353 (071) 914 2693
  • donegallibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 9.30a.m to 5.30p.m. Thursday 1p.m to 8p.m. Saturday 10a.m to 2.30p.m. (Closed Sunday)
  • Yeats Memorial Building Sligo
  • W.B Yeats is synonymous with County Sligo, so it is surprising to know that he never actually lived there. His love of the county came from long summer holidays spent near Rosses Point, away from the hustle and bustle of London, visiting his grandfather. The Yates Memorial Building is the centre of all things Yeats in Sligo, everything from Summer schools to an archive of his working which includes over 3,000 titles.

  • +353 (071) 914 2693
  • yeatssociety.com
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Abbeyquarter North, Co. Sligo
  • Open from 10a.m to 5p.m (Closed Sunday)

Literary Attractions in Northern Ireland

  • C.S Lewis Trail Belfast
  • A tour of Belfast focusing on the sights and place that inspired the young author C..S Lewis. His most memorable work, The Chronicles of Narnia, features heavily. There is also a chance to see his birth-home and St. Mark's Church, where his grandfather was rector.

  • +44 (028) 9045 1900
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Belfast City
  • Open Weekdays 9a.m to 5p.m.(Closed Weekends)
  • Belfast Central Library Belfast
  • +44 (028) 9050 9150
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Royal Ave, Belfast City
  • Open Weekdays 9a.m to 5.30p.m. Saturday 10a.m to 4.30p.m (Closed Sunday)
  • Cave Hill Belfast
  • A massive hill overlooking the city of Belfast. It is the location where Jonathan Swift found inspiration for his most famous work, Gulliver's Travels. Easy to see once you reach the summit, stand as a giant looking down at the miniature city below.

  • Find on Google Maps
  • Newtownabbey, Belfast
  • Heaney County Tour Derry/Londonderry
  • A family run guest house operated by people who know Seamus Heaney personally. They hosts for anyone who would like to find out more about Derry's literary son.

  • +44 (028) 7930 1459
  • laurel-villa.com
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Magherafelt, Londonderry
  • Derry Central Library Derry/Londonderry
  • +44 (028) 7122 9990
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Foyle St, Londonderry
  • Open Monday and Thursday 9a.m to 8p.m Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday to 5.30pm. saturday to 4.30p.m. (Closed Sunday)
  • Newcastle Library Down
  • +44 (028) 4372 2710
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Newcastle, Co. Down
  • Open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10a.m to 5p.m. Tuesday 1p.m to 8p.m. Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 4p.m. (Closed Sunday)