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Trinity College Dublin Book Of Kells

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College Green, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)18962320
F: +353(0)18962690
E: adiffley@tcd.ie

Founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592, Trinity College has produced many famous graduates over the centuries, including Edmund Burke and Oliver Goldsmith (whose statues stand outside), Jonathan Swit, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, two presidents of Ireland; and two Nobel prizewinners, Samuel Beckett for literature and Ernest Walton for physics.

Trinity College Dublin is the oldest University in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the College is in an enviable position in the heart of Ireland's capital. Its forty acre site retains most of its cobbled squares and other world seclusion.The gardens and parks have a unique collection of buildings dating from the 17th to the 20th century.

The Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript of the four gospels, is on view in the Old Library along with the Book of Armagh and the Book of Durrow. The Book of Kells "Turning Darkness Into Light" exhibition also includes information on The Book of Durrow, the Book of Armagh, the Book of Mulling and the Book of Dimma.

Visitors enter through the Library Shop and proceed to the Book of Kells 'Turning Darkness into Light' exhibition; then to the Treasury where the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts are on view; then proceed upstairs to the magnificent Long Room, the longest single-chamber library in the world, which houses 200,000 of the library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases.

Exhibitions are held in the Long Room to display the rich holdings of the Library and encourage further research.

Refer to website for more details re opening hours and admission rates