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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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Book of Kells

You just go and are so stunned by it all that it is hard to explain your sheer delight at being there.

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Strastford upon Avon
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Strastford upon Avon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You just go and are so stunned by it all that it is hard to explain your sheer delight at being there.

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see when visiting Dublin. Trinity College is beautiful and see ing the Book of tells is awesome. The ;bray is out of this world. I wish I had been able to take pictures.

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Charleston, Illinois
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To visit the Old Library is a treat. The architecture is inspiring and it has been on all favorite or beautiful library reading room lists. The Book of Kells exhibit is important, but will not knock your socks off. The content is much better than the presentation. I would suggest actually buying a book about the book if you are... More 

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An impressive display for the book of kells and trinity library.well worth the 10euros entrance. Lots of interesting imformation or guided tours .

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Toronto, Canada
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For adults the Book of Kells and the Trinity College library are worth the visit in Dublin. For parents with children, please don't do this to them. You can't make vellum-making and the mystery of 4 or 5 scribes interesting to them and your attempts will be a disappointment for you and the other guests.

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Melbourne, Australia
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I loved this place, long anticipated and a highlight of our Dublin visit. There was a long queue, being holiday season, but it moved quickly and had an interesting chat or two along the way. The information on the Book of Kells filled a few knowledge gaps and I was pleasantly surprised that there was such good access to the... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You will see large photos of the manuscript, two of the actual 4 volumes and the long room of the trinity library. The displays give a great deal of factual information on how the books were made, including dyes and materials, and methods of manufacture.

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Trinity College sits alongside a rather ugly, noisy road junction. Entering through the beautiful archway into the college grounds offers an opportunity for some welcome peace & quiet. Green lawns, wonderful 18th & 19th century buildings. Spacious & free, the grounds are a lovely place to wonder & explore. If time is short, focus on The Book of Kells &... More 

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We were looking forward to see the book of kells but it turned out to be very disappointing; so many people in a relatively small room. There were no guards present so some people would stay forever bending over the book instead of moving on after having looked.

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11€ (9€ for students) is way too much for just a glimpse at the book of Kells and a visit of the crowded library. It is not worth it.

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