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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
South City Centre
+353 1 896 2320
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Reviewed today

There were some reviews saying no pictures. Pictures taking are allowed as long as there is no flash.

Thank xsh88
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow, I really enjoyed viewing the book of kels and the library. I am quite a book worm so for me it was heaven. I especially liked the statues placed at the end of each isle. It was such an experience. I took a guided...More

Thank ThebestofKendell
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did buy tickets online to avoid the lines, but the display was very disappointing with very little to see of the book of Kells itself. Many of the items on display were photocopies of the book and not the original. The room is also...More

Thank arnonk
Reviewed yesterday

Our experience was enhanced by having prepaid tickets and it being November, therefore avoiding the busiest period. Make sure to take in the whole exhibiti as the book itself has been damaged and is faded by time and can seem anti climatic. The exhibition demonstrates...More

Thank Sandra0852
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Overall the book of kells was a good experience but it was very crowded and in my opinion a little pricey. With that said if you’re in Dublin you shouldn’t miss it.

Thank JoeMars88
Reviewed 2 days ago

The library was amazing to see and ''smell'' the books but I don't find the whole experience so great.

Thank Vroomidis
Reviewed 2 days ago

I admit that I wasn't looking forward to the Book of Kells as much as I was to the Long Library at the end of the exhibit, but as it turns out, both my husband and I loved it. BUT, we were amazed at the...More

Thank KMRaymond
Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed my visit to this place as it was interesting to get to know about the Book of Kells (as I did not know about it before) and the Old Library was a very nice surprise. The library also had sections to educate...More

Thank Faustina B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic glimpse of literary, artistic, and national history; stunning library. Highly recommend! Book in advance online to skip the queue, and add on a walking tour of the campus after.

Thank kesijo
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Old Library was spectacular. I am a book lover and was nearly moved to tears walking around the Old Library with all the manuscripts that are hundreds of years old. Highly recommend the Book of Kells, the Old Library and TCD!

Thank Lauren D
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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