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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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Address: College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 896 1000
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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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Gorgeous Manuscripts

This is a must-see attraction at Trinity College, Dublin. The manuscripts are truly awe-inspiring, from the making of the books themselves, to the pain-staking decoration and... read more

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Bronxville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This is a must-see attraction at Trinity College, Dublin. The manuscripts are truly awe-inspiring, from the making of the books themselves, to the pain-staking decoration and calligraphy. Fabulous!

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It was amazing to see that such a good piece of historic importance has been maintained. Loved the audio headphones supporting the visit. Totally recommended :)

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The Book of Kells is a modern exhibition, having in center the oldest Irish istorical and religios book. The Old Library is impressive. The architecture of the room, make it a good attraction for photographers.

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Get here early as the queues were busy as we came out. We arrived about 10.30. You can either do the walk of the grounds or just see the Boom of Kells and library. Have to say the exhibition surrounding the book was great but the actual book was a bit of an anti climax! Having said that the library... More 

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The Book of Kells Exhibition at Trinity College in Dublin displays THE National Treasure of Ireland. The Book off Kells is a stunning copy of the four gospels that includes exquisite script, imagery and other artwork. Even now, about 13 centuries old, the Book of Kells retains its exploding colors. The Old Library Exhibition is equally impressive. It contains around... More 

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Trinity College, it's incredible library, AND the Book of Kells are a must-see at least once in your life. I've heard the lines can be long in the summer, but we waited just a few minutes to see the Book of Kells when we visited in April. The entire exhibit is informative and well layed out. Do remember that you... More 

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The Book of Kells is an interesting artifact and the library is an architectural design gem. But it is just not my thing, and although the line moves, it does get uncomfortably crowded. I'm more of a parks and pubs kind of a guy.

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We had a private tour guide that was very knowledgeable. The Library was interesting and crowded with lots of youth groups

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very interesting for all ages the library is v harry potter and a great history lesson I recommend this visit as part of the college tour

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A must see but I paid 14 euros for the student tour of the campus before getting in the line for the Book. Very interesting student led tour of the campus nice description of the buildings, the life of a student, the young man was graduating in a few weeks and quite knowledgeable. Just a delight. Once in the library... More 

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