The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Libraries
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
About
The Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of the city centre in Trinity College Dublin, the Exhibition displays the Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The Exhibition also features access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, that houses 200,000 of Trinity College’s oldest books.
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Address
Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Abbey St • 7 min walk
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
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4.5
22 115 reviews
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ppowers619
Wausau, Wisconsin16 contributions
Was beautiful...great experience
Sep 2021
It was the one thing we wanted to see in Dublin and it did not disappoint. The people were all so friendly. The images were beautiful.
Written 20 September 2021
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Dear ppowers619, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you found our staff friendly and the imagery beautiful! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 21 September 2021
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didi2206
Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
super late night trip to the Book
Sep 2021
went for culture night- 10 pm and the place was nearly empty- what a privilege
and the staff were lovely !
Written 20 September 2021
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Dear didi2206, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit on Culture Night and got to enjoy the quiet! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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Dominika M
2 contributions
Overpriced
Sep 2021 • Friends
Very overpriced. The long room is nice but that's about it. There were no toilets available. We were told to go to Starbucks
Written 20 September 2021
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Dear Dominika M, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. We do have toilet facilities available for our visitors, I am sorry that you received incorrect information. All revenue generated through visitor sales directly funds the conservation of the Old Library and its precious collections for future generations. However, it is our goal to offer an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience and as such we will certainly take your comments into consideration. Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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Lee H
1 contribution
Amazing Exhibition
Sep 2021 • Couples
First time for my Wife, my second time , last was about 40 years ago and then the book of Kells was in the long room. The new exhibit is much more comprehensive, and wonderfully detailed.
Written 19 September 2021
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Dear Lee H, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your return visit and found the exhibition to be comprehensive and detailed! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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Martin Robinson
Liverpool, UK69 contributions
Simple and short visit
Sep 2021 • Friends
The Longhall was our main reason to visit, love the layout of it and it’s quite big in person. Pathway was simple and easy to follow and gift shop had plenty of options to choose from. Overall satisfied and didn’t take very long to do
Written 19 September 2021
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Dear Asian_Marts94. Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, in particular to the Long Room! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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Eileen R
1 contribution
Wonderful!!
Sep 2021 • Couples
This exhibit is a beautiful, clear and comprehensive overview of the book of Kells as well as two other books in the Trinity collection. You must read and review the displays before you view the actual book so you get the amazing details and historical significance of what you are going to see. Please don’t just rush through the exhibit and get in line or you may be disappointed. The long room is a beautiful piece of history. The books, the smell, the marble busts, the harp and exhibits are all fascinating. So happy it was open and safe with all the precautions taken.
Written 18 September 2021
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Dear 607eileenr, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed learning about the history of the Book of Kells and that you found the Library to be fascinating! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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Nelly25
United Kingdom2 contributions
Book of kells
Sep 2021 • Solo
Was last here 20-odd years ago and enjoyed being immersed in my celtic heritage. Could be anywhere in the world now. Another casualty of globalisation.
Written 17 September 2021
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Dear Getaway788508, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the experience. It is our goal to offer an enjoyable and memorable experience to all of our visitors. Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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Synthia H
1 contribution
Amazing
Sep 2021
The Book of Kells was definitely one of the highlights of exploring Dublin. The long room was amazing to see and just walking around Trinity College was so historic and beautiful. I would highly recommend!
Written 17 September 2021
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Dear 725synthiah, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and it was one of your highlights of exploring Dublin! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 20 September 2021
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cliff B
New York26 contributions
Nice except for actual pages presented
Sep 2021 • Solo
The exhibition is an audio-visual description of the Book and its significance, well-presented but no more informative than what one could obtain from the Internet. When the moment came to visualize the actual book - - understandably in a darkened room, under glass, and incredibly well-preserved - - I was disappointed by the 2-pages shown at the time as they had minimal illustrations with no color. A Guard advised that they change the page selection every 3 months; I presume it would be dangerous to mechanically change the pages every few minutes to observe various sections of the book, yet as was my prior viewing of the Magna Carta, Guttenberg Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls, I was disappointed that with each publication, one could only see minor portions.
Written 16 September 2021
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Dear Clifford B, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the pages on display. Unfortunately for conservation reasons we are only able to display two pages of the Book of Kells at a time. Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 17 September 2021
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We S
6 contributions
I’d like to see the Long Room again!
Sep 2021 • Solo
Long room is definitely one of the most fascinating things I have seen during my stay in Dublin.
The exhibition is also very interesting. Will definitely recommend to history and literature fans.

Was thrilled with a student discount ticket! As I like to budget travel!
Written 16 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear We S, Many thanks for visiting the Book of Kells and Old Library and for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, we hope you get the chance to come visit us again! Best wishes, The Book of Kells team
Written 17 September 2021
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