It’s definitely one of Ireland’s national treasures, this magnificent hand-drawn manuscript of the four gospels, dating to the year 800, with elaborate calligraphy and colorful illumination drawn by Irish monks. It’s an astonishing work of art—but whether it really warrants all the fuss is debatable, especially given the effort involved in seeing it. In high season you may face a lengthy queue, only to find it hard to peer past the hordes of onlookers into the dim glass box where the book is kept—and you’re handsomely charged for the privilege. You can secure a more comfortable viewing experience by taking a Trinity College Tour (see p. ###) or by booking fast-track tickets online for an extra €3—these have smaller groups, and more time with the display. Either way, factor in a little extra time to check out the library’s handsome Long Room, which is included in the price. The grand chained library holds many rare works on Irish history and presents frequently changing displays of classic works. The Book of Kells is located in the Old Library building, on the south side of Library Square, inside Trinity College’s main campus.
Book of Kells and Old Library
The Old Library Building, Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2
Our Rating Neighborhood Trinity College Hours May–Sept Mon–Sat 8:30am–5pm; Sun 9:30am–5pm; Oct–April Mon–Sat 9:30am–5pm; Sun noon–4:30pm. Last admission 30 min. before closing. Transportation DART: Pearse St., Tara St., Connolly St. Luas: Lower Abbey St., St. Stephen's Green. Bus: Nassau St. entrance: 25X, 32X, 33X, 41X, 51D, 51X, 58X, 67X, 84X, 92. College Green entrance: 7N, 15N, 15X, 44N, 46N, 48N, 49N, 51D, 51X, 54N, 56A, 70B, 70X, 77A, 77N, 92. Phone 01/896-2320 Prices €12 adults; €10 seniors, students, and children; €26 families; admission plus campus tour €14 adults; €13 seniors and students; €28 families Web site Book of Kells and Old Library
MapThe Old Library Building, Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2 Dublin
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