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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

We were excited to see the Book of Kells and the long room and be a visitor to all the Library had to offer. There was, however, no real queue for the Book of Kells room itself, and it was a bit chaotic. Also there...More

Thank NCcoastal_fam
Reviewed today

More modern styles of presentation needed for interesting subject matter. Video presentation showing highlights of the book and indicating their position on the page would help.

Thank Jill W
Reviewed today via mobile

Definitely worth a stop. End of the day is supposed to be less crowded but didn't fit our schedule. The line to purchase tickets was very long, so we stood in the quad and bought tickets on our phone. Walked right in with those. There's...More

Thank whitelotus11
Reviewed today

I had heard great things about the Book Of Kells but I was sorely dissapointed. I felt this attraction was a tourist trap and extremely over priced. I certaintly wouldn't recommend going.

Thank Meghan B
Reviewed yesterday

It was pretty amazing to see such a well-preserved, old book, and to learn more about its contents. The displays were very well done, and with prepaid online tickets, we had no line in which to wait. A seamless and efficient visit!

Reviewed yesterday

The "Book of Kells" was on my must-see list, and I found the posters and labels on the wall to be interesting, though they didn't seem to be in any particular order. The Book of Kells itself is further into the display area, and even...More

Thank Jean L
Reviewed yesterday

Rhapsody of brown, yellow and dark Rembrandt-like colours. The old library alone is well worth a visit. It's like you are looking at the night sky full of stars - huge space with millions of books. It is breathtaking. The actual exhibition - Book of...More

Thank Nenad P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the Book of Kells and the long library in June. Very enjoyable visit. It gave a presentation of how the books were created. Really loved the long library. The room itself was amazing. I highly recommend visiting.

Thank Renae B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing - this exhibition starts with an explanation of the pigments ans development of them and some Actual manuscripts to show the different colours and details of the illuminations. Then you go into a room where the Book of Kells is displayed - it takes...More

Thank Angela G
Reviewed yesterday

Trinity College is a major tourist attraction in Dublin, and even though it is also a university, it is set up to manage the large numbers of tourists who come to see the famed Book of Kells. One word of advice though, when I visited...More

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I am in an electric wheelchair can I access the library?
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
Can you bring a buggy through the exhibition?
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
Is there a coat room where I could leave my bags? I'm taking the tour and then have to head straight to the airport for a 2pm flight. I'm trying to figure out the best option for my bags. Thank you!
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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