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The Book of Kells

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Trinity College Dublin, College Street, Dublin,
T: +353(0)18962320
E: bookofkells@tcd.ie

A visit to the Book of Kells at the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin is a journey through some of Ireland’s most iconic cultural heritage.

Housed within the Old Library building, the Book of Kells is a precious 9th century manuscript, featuring an exquisite combination of ornate Latin text and intricate illuminations.

Discover how the world’s most famous medieval manuscript was made and learn about the rich symbolism behind it. You’ll also gain access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries and home to 250,000 of Trinity College’s most ancient books.

On exploring the Long Room, get a close up view of the Brian Boru Harp, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp and a rare original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a seminal text in Irish history which influenced the foundation of the Irish Republic as a sovereign independent state.

The Exhibition and gift shop are open seven days a week. Online booking is recommended.

Please note: due to conservation works, the Book of Kells will be removed from public display from November 2019 to February 2020 inclusive. During this time, a full colour replica of the Book of Kells will be displayed in Long Room and ticket prices will be reduced by 15%.