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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 yesterday via mobile

Or watched the VIKINGS on cable then this is for you. Fascinating description of how it was crafted and the meaning of all the symbols. Areal work of love from the monks who had nothing else to do and all day to do it. The...More

Thank henry c
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Long Room is the inspiration for Hogwarts Library and is even more spectacular than the fictional version. My HP mad teenage daughters were awestruck! Curiously, all the books on the shelf marked 'H' were missing. Magic afoot I suspect!

Thank Mike E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You cannot visit Dublin without a visit to see the Book of Kells and the amazing Old Library Exhibition. Amazing manuscript and a very impressive collection of books which are still in use now by the students of Trinity College. There is seating in the...More

Thank Allen C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Highlight was the Long Room of the Old Library. The Book of Kelly preview exhibits were excellent. But the actual viewing of the book was a mob scene unregulated by the staff.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We heard about this on the Hop on Hop off bus. Well worth a visit. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. A unique opportunity to view and hear about a fascinating part of Ireland's history. Disabled facilities available. Small cafe and also nice lawn...More

Thank Heather W
Reviewed yesterday

Really excited with our ancestors skill set - to create such gem of books... Library itself is worth to mention - magnificent masterpiece of architecture. Take a note - with online tickets access is much faster.

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was just so disappointed by this I really was. Aside from needing a cut lunch and a compass to find out how to actually get into the grounds to get to see it, there was a queue a mile long and it was bloody...More

Thank Basill_Mo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Entrancing, thought provoking, wondrous!!! It really makes you think about past times and those who spent their time creating these beautiful artefacts.

Thank Sue J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you love books and want to take a step back in time this is the place to go. The library is s must see so don't bypass it. Whole place is hands off so don't think you're going to be flipping through books!

Thank RachelG1971
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Everything looks quite dark and brown. There are a lot of statues of old writers. The book itself is presented in a way that you can look into 2 pages. Rather expensive and not that much value for money.

Thank MLJuly
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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
Dani M
April 8, 2017|
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Response from David T | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a cloak room, or lockers anywhere. They also don't have any space to put it somewhere behind the counter. Best to go luggage free.
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