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“Um... you know it's a book, right?”

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
Ranked #4 of 565 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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.
Reviewed 4 May 2014

You really have to laugh at some of the reviews on here for this attraction. The Book of Kells; the clue is in the title. It. Is. A. BOOK. And that book being one of the oldest books the human race has the opportunity to examine, no, it's not lying on a coffee table for you to flick through at your pleasure, destroying it with your touch, the oils in your skin, etc. For some insane reason they are trying to PRESERVE IT. This is the same reason why it's not under a bright spotlight.

Personally I think they've done a great job with presenting it, and combined with the Long Room of the library this is well worth a visit. My only complaint would be that there should be a rope around the display case to encourage people to move around it in an orderly fashion, instead of hogging it like a school trip did while I was there. Otherwise though, this should be on your list of places to visit in Dublin -- but only if you are familiar with what a book is, and aren't expecting Trinity College to parlay some ancient pages into a Disney World-esque attraction.

If you can't appreciate it for what is is, it ain't the book's fault. Now is it?

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We have been there to see the infamous "Book of Kells", it was fascinating. But whats more fascinating is the library itself..

Thank Serdar C
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Yes this is a rare artifact but if you are taking children, be prepared to hear "and that's all there is to it?" The hotel staff hinted to this and they were right on target. The library afterwards made the visit worth it but it would not be my first choice of sites in Dublin.

Thank travelnutx4
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

The library is on the old nice campus. It is very high and the books reach up to the cealing. The smell of old books is interesting and you can see very old interesting books. There is often a line in front but it moves fast. The children also liked the libaray. For children up to 11 years it is free.

Thank AnjeSchnoor
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

The Book of Kells and it's history is worth a look. The library was impressive! There was a lot of history about Brian Boru as you walked the length of the library. There was a long line when we arrived, but it moved rather quickly.

Thank mmettravel
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