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“An experience that shouldn't be missed”

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
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Early Access: Book of Kells Including Exterior Tour of Dublin Castle
Ranked #14 of 503 things to do in Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin of the Gospels from the Bible. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D.
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“An experience that shouldn't be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

It was an amazing experience to visit the historical Trinity College Campus as a whole. What really made it special was seeing the Book of Kells exhibit. I have to admit that I didn't know much about the illuminated manuscript prior to the visit. Our private tour guide gave us a brief description of its importance before entering the exhibit from the Library Store. I'm so glad he chose to bring us here as part of our historical Dublin tour. It ended up being the most memorable attraction.

It's basically an ornately decorated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The detail and colors are striking in person. What's amazing to me is that the colors are still vibrant today. The exhibit itself goes through the history and creation of it. You'll see how the calf skin pages were made and binded, as well as how the vibrant colors were produced. It really does leave you with an appreciation of it before you even see it up close. After the exhibit, you'll enter the Treasury where you can view the Book of Kells under glass. They do rotate the volumes that are being displayed, so you may see different pages on subsequent visits.

The Long Room is also included in the price of admission. The stairs lead you up to it from the Treasury. It's also an amazing sight to see. The beauty of the architecture, height, and length (70 meters long) of it is captivating. Don't forget to see the Trinity College harp while you're there. This medieval Gaelic harp has been used as the national symbol of Ireland. You'll recognize it right away.

I also must mention that the Library Store has just about everything you could want in souvenirs. We bought some Trinity T-shirts as well as other unique items and books. The prices are fair, and the assistants are very friendly and helpful. The fee for the admission to the exhibit was a little high, but well worth it. The Trinity College website is announcing free admission this year on St. Patrick's Day. Might as well take advantage of it if you happen to be in Dublin that day.

Visited April 2013
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“Not as I expect”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014 via mobile

I do not see as one of the top attraction, there is nothing much to do, and if there are,, no clear information were to see them as you got in, v long cue for the library

A bit of more care to this facility may make the visit is enjoyable for everybody.

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“Learn the whole story of this college”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

The Library is very impressive. I have been there over 25 times. Every time they take out different interesting book, posters, pictures and it is always nice and interesting to go over them. But the entire story and history of the college is worth an understanding - How it was started by the order of Queen Elisabeth I . How it became a school for Anglicans only, how women were not allowed to study there and more.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful campus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

The library and Book of Kells was worth seeing. The campus is pretty and easy to find. It's a must see if you are into history.

Visited February 2014
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“A must see....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

The Book of Kells, especially if you can see it off-season when no lines are present, is a thing not to be missed while in Dublin. The college itself is an experience...

Visited February 2014
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