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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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Address: 9 College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin...

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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Fascinating to see a book made over 1200 years ago. Beautiful library above is almost as big an attraction

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London, United Kingdom
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Fascinating to see a book made over 1200 years ago. Beautiful library above is almost as big an attraction

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The Book of Kells is history come to life. The museum exhibits leading into the book itself are packed full of great information to put it all in context. Pay the extra $5 and get the audio tour. It has some really great extra info for anyone into history. This librarian truly loved this tour.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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It is well worth going to see the Book of Kerlla and the Old Library at Trinity College. There is usually a long line to enter, so it is best to go early. The exhibition is very well done, and the Book of Kells itself, something extraordinary to behold. They think 7 scribes/monks did the work, and the book is... More 

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Used Fast Track. The Book of Kells and its story was impressive but we enjoyed the sight of the Old Library Hall the most. Great feet of engineering and planning. Beautiful.

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If you are interested in ancient books and the history behind them in Ireland, then this will be a good visit for you. I didn't quite feel that the admission price was worth the exhibit, but I'm no expert in books, I truly enjoy the history of the Book of Kells and the exhibits of ancient book making.

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If you love old books and old libraries then you simply have to see this building! It had a nice line (15-20 minute wait) when I was there, but otherwise I was very glad that I went to see it. There is a nice exhibit on the Book of Kells that talks more about their history and the process of... More 

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The Book of Kells is everything you imagined it to be. You can't touch it and you can only see one of the illuminated pages. However the exhibition gives you lots of information and illustrations about these ancient manuscripts and the monks who painstakingly drew them. The old library that houses the book is also worth seeing. The queues to... More 

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We paid online for the entrance and tour. Cost a few $ more but worth the fast pass and avoiding long lines. The exhibit itself was just ok...would not have regreted not seeing it...the Long Room Library of Trinity College was the key attraction. That was worth while.

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Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Amazing history depicted in a way that even one unfamiliar with it could grasp the significance. Beautiful setting, felt fortunate to be at such a historic university. The Long Room is not to be missed; awe inspiring.

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OK...I understand the significance of the Book of Kells. Just not super impressed personally. But I was impressed with the long hall library, Excellent room, old books and a stately (Harry Potter) feel.

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