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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 896 2320
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The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin of the Gospels from the Bible. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D.
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College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 1 896 2320
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I visited the Trinity Library and saw the Book of Kels on 10/15/17. We paid for the early access to Book of Kels and tour with LetzGo tours (through Trip Advisor) and it was worth EVERY penny. We were taken to the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Trinity College was our first visit on our first day in Dublin. The campus is beautiful! We waited in line for the Book of Kells exhibit just before opening on a Tuesday; this seemed to be a good time to visit as the line wasn't...More

Thank mmpul
Reviewed 2 days ago

I thought the tour of Trinity included fast track to the Long Room and BoK - but no. Reserve online and skip the queue. The tour of Trinity itself is pretty cool, and the Long Room is amazing. Make sure to reserve some time for...More

Thank kkeelty
Reviewed 2 days ago

The displays explaining the history, artwork and detail and the process used to make the book are very helpful. To see a book written over 1300 years ago is moving. We visited in October and there were no lines. Both the library structure and the...More

Thank JeffersonianBlues
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited attracted by the famous illuminated Book of Kells. Very complete exhibition and very well presented.

Thank Paolo V
Reviewed 2 days ago

AS a Christian I was excited to see the Book of Kells. I have to say whether you are churched or not, this is a must see just to experience the beauty of the books. I am still in awe of the artwork drawn on...More

Thank Dorothybear
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Book of Kells is fascinating, but the library was what will forever stick in my mind, along with the harp on display in the library. We also strolled around the beautiful campus of Trinity College. I highly recommend this if you are visiting Dublin....More

Thank casey66
Reviewed 2 days ago

I think if I could see only one thing in Dublin this would be it. The manuscripts are gorgeous and learning about the life of the monks was fascinating. I’m very sorry I did not get the audio because I’m sure I would have learned...More

Thank BBCC85
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked up Grafton Street to Trinity College, and were able to get in to the wonderful Book of Kells and Old Library tour.

Thank Laurie T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The self guided tour was interesting, altough I tought we would have a guide. The old library is amazing and staff in the souvenir shop was kind😊

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Jackie M
29 September 2017|
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Response from BookOfKellsOfficial | Property representative |
Usually the Exhibition closes at 5pm on Friday evenings. However, today (and like last Friday for Culture Night) the Exhibition is open from 5pm to 7pm for PROBE: RESEARCH UNCOVERED AT TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN. Admission is... More
7 June 2017|
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Response from BookOfKellsOfficial | Property representative |
Hello. Yes, there is wheelchair access to the Old Library. There is an elevator in the Exhibition that will take you into the Treasury where the Book is on display and an elevator to take you to the Long Room on the next... More
Kirstie M
4 June 2017|
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Response from BookOfKellsOfficial | Property representative |
Hi Kirstie. Yes you can bring a buggy through the Exhibition and into the Long Room. There is a lift in the Exhibition that will take you into the Treasury where the Book is on display and a lift to take you to the Long Room... More