Ireland’s oldest and most loved bookstore, feeding imaginations since 1768, is perpetually crowded (at Christmas, it’s a struggle to get in the door). This may suggest that the store is small, but in fact it’s huge. Four floors heaving with tomes across every topic imaginable, including the largest collection of books relating to Ireland as a subject anywhere in the world. Trinity students treat the place as an extension of the three libraries they already have; the art and history sections in particular usually have a student or two illicitly taking notes from books they’re not going to buy. Despite always being full, Hodges Figgis, with its carpets and many hidden nooks, is always quiet. The seats by the windows on the second floor are the ones to grab, conveniently located by the travel-writing section.

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