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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