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Trinity College and The Book of Kells

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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest and most notable college. Among its alumni are such renowned writers as Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Today, visitors from around the world come to explore the college's verdant campus and towering Gothic-style halls. But the real reason to visit is to take a gander inside the Old Library. These hallowed halls house an amazing collection of literature. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The atmosphere there, as in the rest of the Trinity, is something you must see and experience."

However, if we could only name one reason to visit Trinity College, it would be to see the priceless The Book of Kells. This illustrated version of the four Gospels of the New Testament was created around 800 A.D. by Celtic monks. The manuscripts' pages come to life with vibrantly hued depictions of Christ and his followers, bordered by intricate Celtic knots and other designs. Whether or not you're religious, previous visitors agree that seeing The Book of Kells in person is truly a sacred experience.

Like any college campus, Trinity College -- located South of the Liffey in central Dublin -- buzzes with activity every day, and you don't have to pay to walk around. The Old Library, however, is a different story. It's open to the public from Monday through Saturday throughout the year from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (hours vary depending on the season). Admission to the Old Library (which includes The Book of Kells andother temporary exhibits) is about $12 USD (€9) for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit Trinity College's website.

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