Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells

In Dublin’s fair city, one of the most beautiful gems of a Library can be found. Noted to have inspired the likes of the Hogwarts library, the Trinity College Library’s Long Room, home to The Book of Kells, is a site not to be missed during your visit to Dublin.

Trinity College is located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre at the bottom of the famous Grafton Street where buskers play to the crowds of shoppers, students, and Stephen’s Green park visitors. The library is situated within the grounds of the university and boasts the Book of Kells Museum within its walls.

The Book of Kells dates back to approximately 800AD, having been thought to have originated in Iona, a small island located between Ireland and Scotland. They are believed to be the world’s most ancient books and Ireland’s finest National treasured. Thousands of visitors flock to see the book in person yearly. The work is the most famous of the medieval illuminated manuscripts for the intricacy, detail, and majesty of the illustrations. It is thought the book was created as a showpiece for the altar, not for daily use, as it seems more attention was given to the artwork than the text.

The Long Hall has been rated as one of the top most beautiful Libraries in the world for years. It attracts as many visitors as the Book of Kells itself does.

Both the Book of Kells and the Long Hall can be seen on the same journey to the Trinity College Library for a day filled with rich academic insights and Irish history.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Rose T
    2 months ago
    What a magical place! If you love the likes of Harry Potter, you will feel transported to a...
  • Matas Roda
    a month ago
    One of the best and awe-inspiring places I've ever been to. Although the Book of Kells is very...
  • Callum Kerr
    3 weeks ago
    Really cool place to visit. Only one entrance in and out and it’s as wide as two people. Silly...
  • Kristýna Vacardová
    4 months ago
    The walk around the campus is nice and the entry is free (you only need to pay to enter some of the...
  • Paula Gross Stecca
    3 months ago
    Oh, I love architecture. And here I was delighted with it. Unfortunately I didn't see the Book of...

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