Book of Kells - Plan Your Visit

What can I expect
  • See the precious 9th century manuscript
  • Witness the book’s exquisite detail, colours and text, all created by hand.
  • Discover Ireland's greatest cultural treasure
  • Walk the halls of Trinity College's famous long room library

 

Visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and you will uncover Ireland's greatest cultural treasure. Marvel at the stunning Long Room Library, one of the world's most beautiful libraries. Housed within the Old Library building of this historic university, the Book of Kells is a precious 9th century manuscript, featuring a combination of ornate Latin text and intricate illuminations. Discover how the world’s most famous medieval manuscript was made and learn about the rich symbolism behind it. You’ll also gain access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries and home to 250,000 of Trinity College’s most ancient books.

The Book of Kells Exhibition

Visiting the Book of Kells at Trinity College

Learn about the famous medieval manuscript and the rich symbolism and artistry behind it – a sacred text lavishly handcrafted over 1,000 years ago.

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells was created around the year 800AD and researchers believe that it was originally produced in a monastery on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. It appears to have been created by three artists and four scribes. When Iona was attacked by Vikings, the surviving monks moved to a sister monastery in Kells, Co. Meath. Some scholars believe that it was here that the Book of Kells was finished.

Step inside the Treasury to see the precious 9th century manuscript, one of the world’s finest living examples of Medieval art. Witness the book’s exquisite colours, intricate illuminations and ornate Latin text, all created by hand.

The Long Room at Trinity College Dublin

long room library at trinity college

The Old Library building, which houses the Long Room, was opened in 1732. The Long Room has been a working library since then and students and researchers from Ireland and around the world continue to consult the volumes of books it houses to this day. You can visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the breathtaking Long Room while at the Book of Kells exhibition.

Trinity College Dublin

Crowds enjoying Trinity College Library and Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth and is Ireland’s oldest University. Today, the Book of Kells is housed in Trinity’s 18th century Old Library building which is also home to the Long Room, a 65-metre long chamber considered to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

While here, you can discover all that Trinity campus has to offer, including the Science Gallery and Zoological Museum.

Walking around Trinity College Dublin

Book of Kells Tickets

You can buy tickets for the Book of Kells from Trinity College Dublin's website.

Getting to the Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is located at Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2.

Other attractions close by include the Little Museum of Dublin and The National Gallery of Ireland

Adult, Student, Senior Citizen, and Family tickets available. Children under 12 go free.

 

  • Audio Guide is free when downloaded to own device. Available in English, Irish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Mandarin Chinese.
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