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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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As featured in 3 days in Dublin
Ranked #72 of 276 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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you do nothing else here you should see this excellent exhibition. The book itself is amazing and the supporting exhibits and explanatory videos add hugely to make this a must do. This and the Cecil Beatty Library are the things to see here.

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Castlepollard, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Very intricate detailing telling the story of the Gospels, which leads to the greater history of monks and religion in Ireland.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We visited the college on Sat (5th July) and there wasn't a huge queue. Entry price was 10€ and you can't take photographs until you get to the long room and then no flash photography is allowed. That didn't bother us but I'm providing the info! All very interesting but another traveller pointed out that in the long room where... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

It was a long que, and the exhibit is great but folks in line are rather pushy and rude. The hovering and poor manners of patrons ruined the experience.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Second visit. The Book of Kells exhibit has been improved. Better lighting and other ancient manuscripts available. Also, the descriptions of the artwork have been expanded. Do not let the line dissuade you from your visit. grab a bottle of water and relax. the line moves fairly quickly. Admission includes a stroll through the long room of Trinity Library. on... More

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Madison, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

While in Dublin we walked to Trinity College from the Ashling Hotel. There was a wait to see the Book of Kells but the line took us thru displays of the making of and some of the contents of the Book. It contains the four Gospels and was of course written and illustrated (beautifully) by hand. From the Book display... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Prime attraction; get there 30 min prior to opening. Also includes Great Room of Trinity Library - a fantastic sight!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Book of Kells is located in the gorgeous library of Trinity College and is a must see even if you are not a big history buff. It's a beautiful illuminated manuscript! Although it's under glass and you can only see two pages it's still really a great thing to see!

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Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Impressive display of the Book of Kells, with lots of information about how it was written and decorated, some of the books are on display, as well as other books with similar history. When you continue on the tour, you reach the old library of Trinity College, where many scenes of Harry Potter were shot, the library itself is also... More

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I felt an obligation to visit the Book of Kells during our trip to Dublin. The attraction is fairly pricey and I can't say it was worth it. I attempted to view the books and read all of the history but found it somewhat difficult as I quickly became part of the moving herd of tour groups. We waited on... More

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