Trinity College Dublin

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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
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  • Abbey St • 8 min walk
  • St. Stephen's Green • 9 min walk
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Molly S.
Puyallup, WA23 contributions
Apr 2022
Visiting Trinity College Library and seeing the Book of Kells was definitely an item on my Ireland bucket list! A must see for book, Celtic, and history lovers.
Written 29 June 2022
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Gary H
Bloomington, IN578 contributions
Jun 2022
The best part of visiting Trinity College was the Book of Kells and the Old Library. Be sure to get a reservation ahead of time.
Written 27 June 2022
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Nana B
New Jersey24 contributions
May 2022
We walked through the university, admired the buildings and common areas. On a Sunday afternoon we sat on a park bench and enjoyed watching a cricket game!
Written 23 June 2022
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Christine A
Chicago, IL107 contributions
May 2022
We booked the full tour of the College with the Book of Kells about 2 weeks prior to our trip. I am glad that I did because it filled up very quickly. The tour of the College itself was very entertaining and the student who gave the tour was very knowledgeable. Next they walk you to the Library where the Book of Kells is displayed. I was there with three teenagers who were not that interested in the historical exhibits, but they were well done and I would liked to have read more before seeing the Book of Kells. The museum was really quite crowded so it was hard to spend a lot of time there. As others have stated, you only see a few pages of the Book on display, but it is still a good stop. The best part for my family was the Long Room in the Library- it was remarkable and has a very Harry Potter feel. The shop at the end is loaded with souvenirs, but be forewarned that things run small. My daughter bought a sweatshirt and it is weirdly small on the forearms even though the bodice fits fine. I bought a t-shirt in a size bigger than usual, and it still is a little snug, so I would recommend trying the clothes on over your shirt just to get an idea of the sizing. We bought other clothes in Ireland and did not have this problem anywhere else.
Written 22 June 2022
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DigitalRabbit
Los Gatos, CA597 contributions
May 2022
While on a trip touring all of island, I learned a lot about the history of the Book of Kells and the people associated with it. This made me want to see the book in person. “Seeing it” means viewing two facing pages. That's all that's on display at any one time. I knew this, which is why I booked the complete tour of the campus that also included the Kells exhibit and the library. I highly recommend the complete tour.

Before entering the library to see the book, a student took us on a tour of the campus, told us many stories, and led us inside a few buildings to admire the construction. One of the most memorable stories had to do with the Anatomy Department. In the far past, the teachers encouraged their students to steal bodies from graves so they could study them. The school used to let the public view bodies and parts until ethics became a thing. Now the Anatomy Museum is closed until further notice as they ponder whether showing dead bodies for which they never got permission to take is an ethical practice. I’ll solve that for them. It isn’t.

After the entertaining walk around the campus, our guide escorted us to the library. Before seeing the book, I went through the pre-exhibit which was quite fascinating and informative. In fact, without reading the background information, I doubt many people could truly appreciate the displayed pages. Be prepared. You must enjoy reading to enjoy the pre exhibit. There are images in the exhibit, but not enough to understand the history of the Book of Kells without reading the accompanying text. When I finally got to see the actual book, it was amazing.

As much as I appreciatedthe Book of Kells, I was fascinated by the library. With 20,000 volumes on display, it is mind boggling how anyone would know what’s there. They have a system, and it is not Dewey Decimal. Soon, the library will be closed, all the books moved to safe storage, and the building updated with modern fire suppression equipment. I was lucky to see it prior to its closing.
Written 20 June 2022
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Paula J
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Jun 2022
They should invest in training for the staff, You cant work in a place like this and don't know how to talk with customers, especially the ones that don't speak or understand English.
My family were here with the kid's small kids, 4 and 9 years old, and the oldest one run up the stairs of the gift shop towards the library because wanted to take a picture with his dad that at this point was still upstairs in the library.
The employee in question didn't allow him to go, apparently, after you go down the stairs you can go up. Ok rules are rules and we understand that, but we need to be mindful of the way you talk with a child, especially one that doesn't understand what you are talking about. At this point, I was trying to explain that they didn't know the rules and they are trying to apologise, He didn't care or listen and start to say that parents need to educate their children and just turn his back on me and went to his colleague and start to comment on the situation. I found this type of behaviour discounting and shouldn't be allowed in a place like this. This person just ruined an experience that was supposed to be amazing. This is not the type of memories that you want to create during your first time in Ireland.
Written 20 June 2022
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Matilde
3 contributions
Jun 2022
All the visit was great and Paul, our tour guide was also amazing and told us lot of interesting things. The library is beautiful... Kind of disappointed with the Book of Kells though... maybe should have lowered my expectations. ;) But no doubt a place to visit in Dublin
Written 20 June 2022
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hellodawntaylor
Kansas City, MO228 contributions
Jun 2022
Went to Trinity College to see Book of Kells and The Long Room (library). Enjoyed walking around the busy campus on a beautiful sunny day. Had to purchase a ticket online for 3pm entry to see the Book of Kells and Long Room...you must purchase in advance and only on their app.
The Long Room was stunning (also, crowded). Don’t miss the Brian Boru Harp!
Book of Kells included a gallery exhibition with didactic displays, but the actual viewing of the Book of Kells was underwhelming…single volume on display, had to walk past fairly quickly to allow others to see it. The Long Room has a facsimile of the Book of Kells (2 pgs) on display.
Written 19 June 2022
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reisender34
Germany19 contributions
Jun 2022
Great place of history. Just stroll around and feel it. The guided tours are great and give you all insights you need.
Written 19 June 2022
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Anne G
Boston, MA5 contributions
Jun 2022
Wonderful visit to see The Book of Kelly’s, beautifully appointed library. Shirt walk from our hotel. Would highly recommend. Visit on a weekday if possible, weekends get a bit busier
Written 19 June 2022
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