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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You probably studied about the Medieval Book of Kells in school or university. But to actually SEE in! Priceless. Also the incredible old Trinity College Library. You feel that if you just could sit there for a few years or so - all the knowledge...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Definitely worth a trip to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. It can be done in less than an hour and it's a great history lesson. Follow up with a tour of the Guinness Brewery.

Thank Patrick R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Panels leading into book were great and informative but the treasury area was a bit disappointing in its organization. No prescribed flow just folks jumping in as they could elbow around the glass case. Library is beautiful.

Thank HeatherJ902
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Reviewed yesterday

The Book of Kells is also known as as the Book of Coluiba and is in Trinity College. This is a must when in Dublin and has easy access to it by train bus or Lucas, This is the Oldest Book in the world and...More

Thank Jackie C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited the Book of Kells and Old Library about a decade ago. At the time not only did they have the Book of Kells on display but a number of other illuminated and ancient documents too. I was disappointed this time that there were...More

Thank Judi P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Book of Kells is a very crowded exhibit that, while interesting, is not laid out well and does not have good crowd control or crowd management. It is difficult at best to get a minimal look at the ancient book. But the fact that...More

Thank jorikschells10
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Old Library and Book of Kells are iconic pieces of Ireland that you really should try to see. I recommend getting there early in the day and doing other activities later.

Thank Clarissa I
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The crowds were HUGE when we visited the Book fo Kells and the Old Library today. We bought our tickets online after discovering that most of the timeslots were already sold out. We arrived a few minutes early and only had to wait about 10...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the Book of Kells on a rather busy day and was in a line to see the exhibit. Once we entered the room it was pandemonium to get to the exhibit just to peek over someone’s shoulder. People would not move and allow...More

Thank Dan B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The history of the Book of Kells is amazing, but the actual viewing experience was a little overrated. The place where you can see the book, it is in a case in the middle of the room. There are four displays and people are pushing...More

Thank Curtis O
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TheHeffernans
9 August 2018|
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Response from florencereally | Reviewed this property |
They can scan them from your phone
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mariehalkett
13 July 2018|
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Response from BookOfKellsOfficial | Property representative |
Hi Mariehalk, Thanks for your question. In order to avoid queues we recommend purchasing your ticket online in advance of your visit. We offer discounted tickets (€11) for seniors and for students. You can purchase this... More
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JeanneWoodridge_IL
9 July 2018|
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Response from louisek233 | Reviewed this property |
Allow for the line and that time varies. To view the display and the upper library (awesome) give yourself at least two hours.
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