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The Book of Kells

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Address: Long Library | Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 01-608-2320
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in...
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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Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College

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A must see in Dublin but over priced

Every time I visit Dublin I walk by Trinity College and think to myself next time I'm here I'll go visit the Book of Kells.Well today was the day I decided to go in.The entrance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Every time I visit Dublin I walk by Trinity College and think to myself next time I'm here I'll go visit the Book of Kells.Well today was the day I decided to go in.The entrance is located in the old library building and the admission cost to my surprise is €10.This I feel is much too expensive for the size... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We were visiting Dublin only for 3 days. We were lucky to visit the Book of Kells exhibit. I was glad this was one of our choices to visit. Just seeing Trinity College was exciting. The exhibit is interesting, informative and beautifully done. It was so relaxing to stroll through in the dim lights enjoying the beauty of this history.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I was very underwhelmed by the Book of Kells exhibit. While it does give a lot of information on the history of the book i don't think it is worth the money.

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Galway, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Very short very expensive and American tourists were taking photos when they knew it was prohibited - don't think we d get away with that in similar venue in the USA. Very cheap merchandise, poor quality. Visited this morning

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Excellent exhibit in Trinity College (sign posted for easy access). Go through the beautiful 'Turning Darkness into Light' exhibit for the making of and history of the Book of Kells as well as other ancient books, see the Book of Kells itself under romantic dim lighting to protect it. Unbelievable detail and countless hours of careful, meticulous writing and decorating.... More 

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Stokesley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We arrived just before what must have been a cruise ship and there were quite a few people behind us queing. It's quite a grand place and the felt very imposing and the book of kells was just amazing to see those celtic images in the raw. Made me tingle

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you are interested in art and/or history you have to make the visit to Trinity College to see The Book of Kells exhibit. Beautifully presented with a lot of great information and artwork.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I think the library was lovely but its a lot of money for something that takes ten mins of your time

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

in the end unless you are an art and history fanatic it is not worth it, i was lucky and knew a girl who went to trinity college and got to see it for free and i think it was worth seeing for free, but it was overpriced for the size of the exhibition and the book of kells in... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Within Trinity College, the mythical Book of Kells is on display. This world famous book is lavishly decorated and is a great sight to see. In addition, the other artifacts on exhibit are interesting, and the long gallery (the long library at the end of the self guided tour) itself is pretty impressive. When visiting, be careful of any cruise... More 

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