Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
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The building facade of Trinity College is among many constructed since the foundation of the College on March 13th, 1592. The design is attributed to Theodore Jacobsen, a London-based amateur architect, with the collaboration of Henry Keene and John Sanderson.
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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Abbey St • 6 min walk
  • Jervis • 8 min walk
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  • Marilyn W
    Mercer Island, Washington21 contributions
    See the Book of Kells
    We went mainly to see the Book of Kells - It's worth the money. A beautiful campus. We decided to forgo the audio tour and just wandered around a bit. The gift store is great (we were able to find lots of gifts for our family/friends back home - I recommend the chess set - it's fantastic!)
    Visited August 2022
    Written 6 December 2022
  • Cynthia H
    27 contributions
    More Than a Beautiful Campus
    This is a fascinating and very educational place to visit. Paid time slots are required to visit the exhibit of the Book of Kells, Ireland’s most prized illuminated manuscript. The Library of Trinity College is an awe inspiring example of a building with grand architecture and shelves of books that tower two stories high.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 10 December 2022
  • Fergus P
    Limerick, Ireland124 contributions
    Book of Kells
    Booked in advance to visit the book of Kells exhibition and the long room, access is easy and location is ideal. The exhibition is very good, bit underwhelmed by the book of Kells itself, but the long room/library is truly spectacular. Beautiful room filled with history. Only drawback in the amount of people when we visited, go midweek or first group for a bit more comfort and better photo ops.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 13 December 2022
  • Stefan Overton
    Colchester, United Kingdom145 contributions
    Beautiful grounds
    Very lovely grounds with some great installations, statues and picturesque views. There is also an additional charge to view the Book of Kells however we found this to be a little steep so didn’t go in and didn’t find it value for money to view one book. Definitely a good stop on any sight seeing your though.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 December 2022
  • BuckisLove
    Edmond, Oklahoma84 contributions
    Stunning architecture
    If you love the look and feel of a classic college campus, then do yourself a favor and take a walk through this beautiful campus. You can take the official tour, but save yourself some money and just do a walk through on your own. You do have to buy tickets to get into the Book of Kells exhibit (not worth the price, in my opinion) but it is worth the price to see the Long Room at the Library--it is spectacular and very unique. It was my favorite part of visiting campus.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 27 December 2022
  • Chantal D
    5 contributions
    Great place to have a stroll…
    This campus is beautiful, definitely a fun place to walk around with your friends and enjoy the architecture. I recommend going into the library. I personally would skip seeing the book of Kells but definitely don’t skip the library it’s just gorgeous and makes you feel like you’re in a different time. It’s also an HP filming location.
    Visited February 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 January 2023
  • Super Cauliflower Cheese, Ham and Eggs…
    Rotherham, United Kingdom80 contributions
    An amazing experience although slightly expensive
    We managed to book tickets on the morning of our trip so that we could take in this amazing place. As academics and also avid readers this was a real pleasure and a must for anyone visiting Dublin. The library has to be seen to be believed and the atmosphere in there is electric. The initial section on The Book of Kells is also very informative and interesting. Our only criticism is that is quite expensive for the scope and duration of the tour. We were round and done in just over half an hour really. Some of the staff on the way in were also quite rude. We were also quite surprised that Oscar Wilde was not more prominent in the tour although this might have been elsewhere on campus? Overall though, a very good experience that I would certainly recommend.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 January 2023
  • OutdoorBen
    3 contributions
    Book of Kells Exhibit
    It was wonderful! The museum you start in has closeups of the artwork in the book, history of it and other similar manuscripts, and it was fascinating for us. Warning! It is quite crowded, even with their ticketing system that throttles how many people come in at a time. Highly recommended for museum and history fans.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 9 January 2023
  • Shanelle
    Santa Monica, California2,755 contributions
    Beautiful campus with Book of Kells and Old Library
    Did the campus and Book of Kells tour, and made the reservation online in advance. We arrived 15 minutes earlier at the bell tower as suggested, and our tour guide Paul arrived with a blue tour guide sweater to check off names. You don’t need the actual tickets until you do the Book of Kells, which is the second part of the tour. The campus is pretty and the tour provided a lot of helpful context. The Book of Kells had an exhibit which Paul highly recommended reading beforehand in order to fully appreciate the Book, otherwise just seeing two pages wouldn’t do justice to the significance of what you’re viewing. No photos allowed of the Book. After the Book, you get to see the Old Library, which was beautiful. Best photo spot would be right in front of the set of stairs that lead to the exit.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2023
  • Steve F
    Reading, United Kingdom194 contributions
    A "must see" in Dublin
    The college is beautiful and the long room of the library is stunning. We were a bit disappointed with the book of Kells exhibition as it was mostly info about the book displayed on large posters. Having recently been to Bologna we had seen much more interesting selections of Illuminated manuscripts. I get the importance of the book of Kells though.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2023
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4 629 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A beautiful campus established in 1592. Lots of grassy areas. Gorgeous stone buildings.

Although we didn't go into any "classroom" buildings, we did return later in the day for an "Evensong" in the Chapel. A beautiful building.
Written 27 November 2023
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1 247 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Founded by Queen Elizabeth I , towards the end of 16th Cent., it is now one of the most important and beautiful attractions of Dublin (aside of being a known University). The main college grounds include some beautiful squares and buildings of various architectural style. Bring your cameras along, and allow yourselves at least an hour to fully enjoy the campus.
Written 13 November 2023
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baileyhawke
Holmfirth, UK339 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
I wanted to take my boys to look at the university. Call it inspiration. They were really impressed with the atmosphere (there was a graduation), the library, the buildings, …

I really recommend walking through the grounds just to try and get your kids thinking about possible ambition for the future. This place certainly gave them a taste of what could be.
Written 2 November 2023
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johntglennon
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Book of Kells was lovely, the audio app was very well made, would go back. Lots of detail in the paragraphs and was easy to get into.
Written 1 November 2023
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Ian BB
Bellevue, WA20 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was a fun place to wander through on a whim. Seeing the architecture was really pretty, and the campus in general is gorgeous. People watching and seeing the students is fun too.

However, this isn't worth going out of your way for. It's a fun spot for an hour of wandering or so but not amazing.

We did not do the Book of Kell's or the library and can't speak to that.
Written 30 October 2023
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4 236 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I feel bad for the students that go here because the campus was so busy. It was beautiful and I get the appeal to go see it but again makes sure to not overstay since there are students needing to get on with their day.
Written 27 October 2023
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Jin-Ee K
Singapore38 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Tess was our engaging and knowledgeable guide and she kept us very entertained.
The Book of Kells exhibition was rather crowded, but the old Library was so awesome. It smells like books and history.
Written 25 October 2023
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ304 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The college has an amazing history and the buildings are gorgeous. The campus has much green space. But the real draw is the Book of Kells. The book (of which you can only see one page at a time) is gorgeous, and the history display is also beautiful. It is worth the visit. Then you enter the library. The library is out of an English novel. It is vast. Wonderful!
Written 23 October 2023
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CJswanderlust
Adelaide, Australia92 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We grabbed a student led tour to get the history but also the personal side of the College.
Roseanne was amazing and had us ooing and ahhing at the history as well as laughing at her stories of her fellow students and their shenanigans.

We found out the day before our tour that the Library was under a restoration project and the books had been removed for cleaning, cataloguing and preservation as well as cleaning and maintenance of the library itself. This was devastating but we decided to go anyway... it was still worth it. Some of the books were still there in the first few bays but the rest was empty.. an eerie sight actually and something that wont happen again for many MANY years. The College are calling seeing the empty library a "once in a lifetime experience" and I guess it was.

The book of Kells display was a disappointment unfortunately. They let way too many people in at once and you cant move in there. You cant see anything for the sea of people and worst of all, the day we were there it was 26c and humid with no airflow in the building. .it was actually disgusting to breath.

After a couple of hours we were peckish so we decided to try the student cafeteria. I checked with the lady on the register if tourists could eat here and she said it as fine so I'd recommend that for something different. Basic food with healthy options at cheap prices. It was orientation week so the place was buzzing with new and returning students then here's us in our mid 40s hanging with the cool kids eating lunch in the cafeteria.. LOL.

Even with the library empty I'd recommend the College as a whole.. its definitely something that was on my list of must do's in Dublin.
Written 21 October 2023
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Jim W
Schonaich, Germany2 841 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
My wife and I concluded our Ireland tour by spending two days in Dublin. We had no idea what to expect by touring Trinity College, but we knew we wanted to see the Book of Kells. We did a combined ticket for the tour of the college of the Book of Kells as the solo option for the Kells was sold out. Still, we had a student tour guide who did a remarkable job at telling us the history of this famous college with doses of humor. A lot of prominent Irish people attended. The campus grounds are gorgeous as is much of the architecture. We went in to many buildings and made a stop at the campus pub where you can buy the cheapest pint of Guinness in Ireland. We had a wonderful morning at Trinity.
Written 20 October 2023
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