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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition


The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

College Green, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin

The Book of Kells is an ancient, handwritten manuscript written in Latin of the Gospels from the Bible by monks around 800 AD. It is on display within the Old Library at Trinity College.

The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. After walking through the Book of Kells exhibit and seeing the book itself, continue on into the Old Library and marvel at the hundreds of thousands of books and gorgeous wood bookshelves and room. The exhibit is self-guided, but audio guides are available.


It’s open daily, but hours vary by season

Things to Know/Bring

Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket desk at the Old Library. Expect to wait in a line (it moves quickly). Be aware that there is often a large crowd within the exhibit and it can get hot during the summer months.