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“A must see in Dublin”

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
Ranked #4 of 513 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Wow, a lot to see. Very interesting. The highlight for me though is the library, wow what a sight. Highly recommend Trinity when in Dublin

Thank Joolz D
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

My family and I all thought this was fine, but not the "must-see" that the guidebooks tout. We didn't really learn more than what we had read online prior, and seeing the display was chaotic as there was no viewing line so people just pushed around the display case. A woman trying to tell people to keep moving basically gave up and just stood on far side of room. By chance we wandered to the nearby Chester Beatty Library (showcases THE letters of St Paul as well as many other original religious documents from various religions) which was spectacularly interesting and educational, very well organized, and had no crowd at all.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Each of the three activities brought value to the overall experience. I do advise an early arrival to avoid the large crowds. Children 8 and over will be able to gain from the experience. The books are amazing to view.

Thank tcarrboes
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Just learning the history behind the Book of Kells and seeing the Old Library is amazing in itself. Do yourself a favor and make sure you get a skip the line guided tour to get the full effect of your visit and the knowledge of the guide, Brian was great! It’s worth the money to have a guide, you’ll learn so much more about the details, rather then just walking aimlessly around.

Thank Darrick L
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I'm a book nut so just went to see the library, wasn't too fused about the religious texts themselves. However the texts were beautiful and there was loads of information available about them too. The library was stunning and people were on hand to answer questions. Only thing that ruined it was a number of americans loudly stating the book was a fake and arguing with those who disagreed (keep your opinions to yourselves), which took away from the solum feeling in the room the texts were on display.
Would recommend booking online to avoid queuing.

Thank 242soph
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