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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

The long line moved quickly. The exhibit before the actual book was informative even for this lover of medieval manuscripts. The book viewing was a bit disorganized, perhaps they can improve the traffic flow instead of the free for all the viewing area is now....More

Thank Linda B
Reviewed yesterday

The old library is absolutely wonderful!!! The book of kells is a treasure for the eyes but the old library is simply stunning. A must see for all lovers of books.

Reviewed yesterday

What astonished me was the old library, so full of history and books! The cost is of 13euros is a bit high to see the library and the small page of the book of Kells, it is so crowded that it will be impossible to...More

Thank Martha P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked our tickets online in advance and that was definitely money well spent. The line was remarkably long for those without advance tickets, we spent maybe 5 minutes waiting to enter. It was packed inside but we just made sure we took our time...More

Thank tdaning0
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Book of Kells is actually four books, only two of which are on display at any time, just a page in each open book. They are on the ground level, in a room that is dimly lit and photography of any kind is forbidden....More

Thank emanuelama2014
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth going on the Tour and to the Exhibit. Andrew B. the tour guide we had for the TCD Tour was excellent and entwined both humour and knowledge to a perfect level. Really worth booking in advance or attending either first thing in the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

They push you through the display which holds the Book of Kells so plan on not having a lot of time to see this, at least when we were there, but the library itself is breathtaking and worth a visit.

Thank quiltyny
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must-see. The most beautiful library I've ever seen in my life. My friend and I sat there a long time just admiring the books and shelves. The Book of Kells is interesting but would have been better with more of the actual...More

Thank ykay5
Reviewed 2 days ago

The book of Kells and the old library were fascinating. Take the walking tour as it is only 1 euro more than just the entrance fee and discover the history behind this building. Also they do a demonstration on how they preserve the valuable books...More

1  Thank sharpking
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our second attempt to see Book of Kells. The first time we had tried , about 6 days earlier, it was raining pretty hard and the line was quite long, so we chose to move on to our next stop. This day it...More

Thank John N
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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
Dani M
8 April 2017|
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Response from David T | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a cloak room, or lockers anywhere. They also don't have any space to put it somewhere behind the counter. Best to go luggage free.
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