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Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and is an atmospheric 40-acre site in the heart of the city. Treasures on view include the Book of Kells; the Books of Durrow and Armagh; and an early Irish harp. All are displayed in the Treasury and the Old Library/Long Room (which houses 200,000 rare books).
The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and is the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th Century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. A must-see is the Book of Kells “Turning Darkness into Light” exhibition.
April to September: Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 5.00 pm, Sunday 9:30 am to 5.00 pm
October – March: Monday – Saturday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm, Sunday: 12.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Trinity Library, College Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 896 1000.
See the separate entry for the Zoological Museum.
Enjoy student-led walking tours through the four historical squares of the campus. Lasting 45 minutes, the tour provides visitors with an insight into the more than 400-year history of the College, its buildings, its traditions and its life today. All of the guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic students of Trinity College Dublin.
Book of Kells and Old Library – Adults €16; concessions
Book of Kells/Old Library and Trinity Campus Tour – Adults €27; concessions
Trinity Campus Tour only – Adults €15; concessions