The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Libraries
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09:30 - 17:00
Monday
09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:00
Thursday
09:30 - 17:00
Friday
09:30 - 17:00
Saturday
09:30 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 16:30
About
The Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of the city centre in Trinity College Dublin, the Exhibition displays the Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The Exhibition also features access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, that houses 200,000 of Trinity College’s oldest books.
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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Abbey St • 7 min walk
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
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Karen P
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May 2022 • Couples
Disappointed. Very crowded despite timed enyry. A large tour group clogged the beginning of the Book of Kells exhibit when we entered. We had one phone between us, travelling from Canada, had not downloaded the audio guide. Very expensive to access cellular data for download. Earphones available at front desk were not compatible with device. We were offered an audio guide transcript as an alternative but then told there were none left. We could not get near some of the audio guide stops. In the book of kells room attendant just kept repeating everyone to put phones away. Very distracting for the main event. In the library, no interpretation of the collection. Not worth the $54 euro entry for the two of us which included the walking tour of the exterior of the Trinity College Buildings. That was well delivered by a student guide but some of the most interesting items, like Charles Darwin letters in Botany building or Zoology collection were mentioned in passing except our group was too large to enter to see them. Apparently they are renovating the exhibit next year.
Written 27 May 2022
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Steve H
Mission, TX2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We were planning on using the audio tour but found out on arrival that we needed wifi. None was available. Still there was good reading available to explain the exhibit.
Written 27 May 2022
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sleepyjeanne66
North Chelmsford, MA3 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
I was so disappointed with the crowds. I expected a lot of visitors but I didn’t expect that there would be no control over the walk-through or the viewing of the book. It was sheer chaos. There were private tours taking much time standing in front of the museum exhibits, blocking any view. There was a group of art students taking notes at the ink display, leaning in the display as if it were a desk. There was no clear direction through and the crowd was disorganized and many were quite rude. The signs were absolutely useless. Once entering the Book of Kells room everyone was crowded in a bunch at the front of the book and not moving, leaving us only a sideways or upside down view. Your display quarters are much too small and disorganized for the crowds you allow -and for a price, no less. The Long Room was the same.

My first viewing of The Book Of Kells was in 1976 and surely I expected changes. I’m so disappointed with the small, overcrowded viewing areas and no managing of the queues.

Please fix this.
Written 27 May 2022
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porter_osborne
Waco, TX749 contributions
May 2022
Loves the old library. TTakes you back to the old days of higher education and reminds us of the long history when women were not allowed to participate. BoK was a Good exhibit. Would be better if there was a balance of information about adverse impacts of the missionaries on the local communities.
Written 25 May 2022
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ShropshireLass69
Shropshire, UK169 contributions
May 2022
First things - Big ques will make it difficult to talk to anyone, or get through to buy tickets in person, so you'll probably need to buy tickets on line, in advance and that's a bit of a faff on a phone. You will enter in a big group at the pint of your time slot and will all naturally gravitate towards the first point of interest on the audio guide you will also have downloaded to your phone. 50 or so people all in one spot - not too good for Covid prevention. You'll learn about the book's construction and ignificance, all of which are interesting and then you'll get a chance to see the book itself, which is again an experience, but you certainly won't be alone, because the display case only allows 10 or so people to view at the same time. The page is turned every 8 weeks or so, which means that if you are in luck, you'll see one of the highly illustrated pages, but if you're not, you'll see something much more 'plain'. Why don't they just leave it open on the most impressive page?!

Then you will nter the library, which is actually more dramatic - but again you will be in there with about 200 other people.

All in all, worth seeing, but not exactly cheap for something that at most lasts about an hour.
Written 24 May 2022
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Renae
Naperville, IL8 contributions
May 2022
Thought the Long Room was really cool, but 18 Euros and needing to buy a timed entrance? Obviously, this room is very popular (hence needing the timed entry), but seemed a steep price for walking through a library (and seeing two pages of the Book of Kells).
Written 24 May 2022
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JET1955
Bournemouth, UK15 contributions
May 2022
The section where you could learn about the history around the book of Kells was horribly overcrowded. We were constantly being jostled and were unable to read the information or look at the illustrations in any meaningful way.
Considering Covid is still with us, and most people were not wearing masks, this made it an unsafe as well as unpleasant experience.
We felt really sad as this was to be a highlight of our visit to Dublin.
Written 24 May 2022
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nvr2loud
Florence, WI22 contributions
May 2022 • Family
I enjoyed learning about the history behind The Book of Kells and seeing the Old Library. It is an amazing exhibit and your really have to see all the books lining the library.
Written 23 May 2022
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335gayleb
Canada3 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Always a marvellous place to visit. The exhibit on the book of Kells is well done and informative. We try to get back when we are in Dublin to see a different page of the book as only one is in view each day. Lucky to see one of the fully illustrated ones this time.
Written 23 May 2022
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Laci
2 contributions
May 2022
I love books and this was heaven. The Book of Kells alone is a great piece of art and history, no matter your religious affiliations. The long room has my heart. So. Many. Books. So much history and knowledge. Also, the oldest surviving Irish Harp is on display and it is much larger than anticipated but I bet it was beautiful when played.
Written 23 May 2022
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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 - 16:30
  • Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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