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.
Mon – Sat (Oct – Apr) 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Mon – Sat (May – Sept) 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sun (Oct – Apr) 12.00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sun (May – Sept) 9:30 am – 5.00 pm
Easter Opening Times may vary from this: check the Trinity website for up-to-date details.
Trinity Library, College Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 896 1000.
Online prices: Adults €11 (off-peak) or €14 (peak). You avoid queuing by booking online. It is unclear from the website if a higher admission price applies when you do not book online.
See separate entries for the Science Gallery & the Zoological Museum.
Enjoy student-led walking tours through the four historical squares of the campus. Lasting 35 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. Tours in the high season (June-September) depart from the front gate daily from 9.15 am (last tour 3.40 pm, last tour on Sundays/Bank Holidays at 3.15 pm). The tour schedule displayed at the “Authenticity Tours” desk at the Front Gate always takes precedence over information available on the website.
Tour ticket €6. Combination ticket (Tour and admission to the Book of Kells and the Old Library) €15. These tour tickets can only be bought in person at the Front Gate (they are not available online). In the low season, regular tours take place on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays only. You must check the Trinity website for accurate details about tour times (www.tcd.ie). No tours on St Patrick’s Day (March 17th).