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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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Address: College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin...

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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We arrived at Trinity College about 2pm. Very little queue then. I ordered the tickets online as we stood there and went right in. Most impressed with the library!

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The hefty admission fee will only gain entrance to the much overpriced tourist shop. There is virtually no crowd control to the manuscript viewing areas which means that unless you aggressively shove others out of the way you won't see anything. Truly awful.

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We arrived at Trinity College about 2pm. Very little queue then. I ordered the tickets online as we stood there and went right in. Most impressed with the library!

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Beautifully preserved books and well-presented information on the origin, history, authors, material, etc. as you walk through the exhibition area. As you walk in you will first see enlarged images of the pages along with explanations and additional information about the book of Kells in various formats (quotes, pictures, text and video). You will then walk through to see the... More 

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The way this book is offered to the public is very well organized. Pages from the book have been digitally enlarged with explanations and background provided and placed around an entrance room. Since the book itself is enclosed in a glass case, we had wondered what types of pages we'd be able to see but the enlargements gave us an... More 

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It is a great attraction, very interesting and informative. As a landmark and learning experience it was the best experience I had in Ireland. However, the exhibit leading to the book is not well organized and not easy to follow. And the area where the actual book is shown is completely disorganized. You had people climbing over each other or... More 

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A must see, for any age person interested in history. The library was extraordinary , The book of Kells was very interesting and unique. I would put it as your must see when visiting Dublin.

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Im surprised by this visit, I took my partner to view the Book of Kells and came away more impressed by the long room. You are better from the start pre booking and paying only €2 more to have a fast entry ticket than she ding in the hear or rain for upto 3 hours in the other que. Once... More 

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We headed to Trinity College specifically to see the Book of Kells. We arrived mid-morning and waited approximately 20 minutes to enter. It was worth it, particularly after reading the displays before the book to learn more about the history and materials behind the text. Even travelers who aren't history buffs had a good time and ranked it among the... More 

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Such a big to do over a tiny book history aside, there were other books there that deserved more recognition.

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Book online and save yourself standing in the queue to get in. Tour is self guided and mainly lots of rooms with panels full of info on the history of the book itself. When you finally get into the room there is one display unit with everyone crowded around it trying to get a glimpse of the couple of pages... More 

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