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The Book of Kells

Long Library | Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
01-608-2320
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Ranked #78 of 281 Attractions in Dublin
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Libraries
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had 9:30am tickets that we had purchased on-line. We arrive at 9:20am and were promptly admitted at 9:30. It is a few more Euros but well worth it. The exhibits before the PAGE of Kells is excellent. The actual page from the Book of Kells is extraordinary beyond words. The Long Hall is an extra amazing experience. My traveling... More

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed learning so much about this book. It was all thoroughly explained. I loved the fact that it lead onto the huge old library. I just wished I could have picked up one of those books and turned the leaves...but that is just a dream!

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Alford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A brilliant exhibit and worth the wait if busy. The history of Ireland in an academic setting. A lovely place to chill and read in the quad afterwards.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We queued for around 30 minutes to get into this exhibition - they charged £10 a ticket, and proceeded to not even check it when we went into the Book of Kells exhibition (there was nobody on the door), so essentially I could have gone for free, which would have made the experience a bit better. Anyway, there is an... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went there early because the queue is usually quite long. They open at 9.30. The museum is good and explains how the book was made and some important pages. The visitor sees 4 pages of the book of Kells. Two illustrated and two regular pages. To see that in detail is absolutely stunning.

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Saratoga Springs, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

What an amazing display. It was so interesting to learn not only what the Book of Kells were about, but also about the inks and papers used, the authors, etc. I enjoyed this far more than I ever thought I would.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Another very popular history tour. A fascinating insight into the life and times from the first centuries and how the monks of that time recorded Kell's history and the bible. Very informative and a must do. The library is awesome and the recording of history to modern times and through the wars is fascinating. Book on line and save the... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Book of Kells is a must-see. Unfortunately, the section of Trinity College where the book is displayed is dark, with narrow places in which to move along, often blocked by people carrying backpacks (which should be banned). When one finally reaches the actual book, one continues to be jostled along and bumped into. Great sight but we couldn't wait... More

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Prospect, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Everyone visiting Dubin needs to see the Book of Kells to "check the box" as the workmanship and artwork is breathtaking. That being said, it is very expensive, crowded and unless you time is correctly you will wait in line.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

... Which includes the old library. It looks like the sort of library you'd see in Harry Potter. The Book itself is probably slightly underwhelming, but still worth seeing.

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