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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 via mobile

I've been to see the Book of Kells a number of times. What a fantastic experience to be able to look at such a beautiful piece of history.

Thank Beth M
Reviewed yesterday

This was such a moving experience to see the Book of Kells. It was so special, I cried. If in Dublin, do not miss this and go early, as it gets busy very quickly. We got our tickets from the kiosk just inside. The long...More

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed yesterday

Interesting to learn about the heritage, but its a pretty quick tour by yourself. Maybe 30-4 minutes max. Amazing how old they are and how the books were assembled, how the colors were created from plants, etc. Good for a first time visit, and on...More

Thank gregmC2000KD
Reviewed yesterday

Buy your tickets in advance and no waiting in line. Manuscript is beautiful. Great information about it on the walls with lovely pictures. The long library is also an amazing site not to be missed. Enjoy.

Thank Arustygal
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really wanted to go here to see the book of Kell’s. The college campus and library were absolutely stunning. Really enjoyed our walk about and the history..

Thank WAY26S
Reviewed yesterday

Although this place was not horrible, I think I was expecting more since everyone goes on and on how its a must see and not to be missed. I ended up being a bit let down because its very dark and you can't see the...More

Thank Cynthia J
Reviewed yesterday

They have 2 books on display, which they rotate through. One of text and one with illustrations. There's info in the room before which provides background knowledge of the Book of Kells. The Old Library is also beautiful and makes for some lovely photos. No...More

Thank Rebecca A
Reviewed yesterday

Astounding library. Being so close to works dating back to the 9th century! I can't even find the words. Worth every penny of the entrance fee and then some. Just go!

Thank Bernadetteere
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum was excellent. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and seeing the displays. Very historical and informative.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed yesterday

this si a wonderful museum style of a tour the library is a wonderful (almost harry potter) type of a room AMAZING

Thank hunter l
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Jackie M
September 29, 2017|
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Response from BookOfKellsOfficial | Property representative |
Usually the Exhibition closes at 5pm on Friday evenings. However, today (and like last Friday for Culture Night) the Exhibition is open from 5pm to 7pm for PROBE: RESEARCH UNCOVERED AT TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN. Admission is... More
June 7, 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
June 4, 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