We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 608 2320
Website
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$47.92*
and up
Early Access: Book of Kells Including Exterior Tour of Dublin Castle
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 11,670 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4816
    Excellent
  • 2193
    Very good
  • 890
    Average
  • 175
    Poor
  • 59
    Terrible
Humbling, beautiful, awe-inspiring...

I think to truly appreciate this attraction of both the Long Room (library) and The Book of Kells you have to be the type of person who can put yourself in the footsteps of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kate W
,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Add Photo Write a Review

11,670 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 8,133: English reviews
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think to truly appreciate this attraction of both the Long Room (library) and The Book of Kells you have to be the type of person who can put yourself in the footsteps of history. If you are unable to picture the incredible amount of manual labor and love and devotion that went in to not only creating the Book... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kate W
Medellin, Colombia
Level Contributor
26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The library is awesome. I have never seen something like this before except in movies. It is amazing to see

Helpful?
Thank Jen_worldwide
Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wasn't sure about seeing an Old Library and the Book of Kells, but our travel companions wanted to, so we went. I very much enjoyed the library, although I had a hard time getting into the Book of Kells exhibit. All and all it was worth the visit and I'm glad they suggested the stop. The library was beautiful.

Helpful?
Thank TRC123434
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the tour of Trinity College, combined with seeing the Book of Kells (which has a little museum) and the library. It's a fun, short visit and worthwhile if you are interested in history.

Helpful?
Thank Kate38880
Level Contributor
133 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Entering Trinity College is interesting as i believe its a working uni now. Heading for the library you will see Book of Kells on your left. Going through history of Ireland and book writing you come to the library, going back in time,this is one massive library. Absolutely huge and millions of old books and ladders everywhere. Very impressive.

Helpful?
Thank Andy S
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great to be surrounded by history, total worth it and right in the city centre, so handy. Very knowledgeble staff too

Helpful?
Thank adhoc2017
Philadelphia, PA
Level Contributor
211 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Did a quick tour while walking around Trinity College. Bookmaking techniques of 10th century, old books, etc. I found it very interesting -certainly worth the time. You get to vidit the old university library as well. The last stop is a somewhat overpriced gift shop.

Helpful?
Thank ns1991
Wilmington
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I paid almost 10 euros to see both the Library and Book of Kells. There is a sort of exhibit about the book, its history, how it was made, etc. before you get to see it. If you're into that, then it is well put together but I did not care for it... The book itself was also a bit... More 

Helpful?
Thank BrigitteGrace
Hewitt, Texas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells was definitely a highlight of my trip to Ireland. They are truly amazing and it was an awesome experience to see them. The space they're in is somewhat of a small room so there won't be too many people crowding you. The Old Library is a book lover's dream! Books... More 

Helpful?
Thank Randi C
New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great it was the most interesting thing I did on my whole trip wow oh wow amazing is all I'll say great memory's love Ireland .

Helpful?
Thank newyorktomtaken

Travelers who viewed The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition also viewed

 
Dublin, County Dublin
 

Been to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition and other visitors
21 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (21)

Questions? Get answers from The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?