Book Of Kells
Located within the Old Library at Trinity College, The Book of Kells will be a must-see on your Dublin itinerary. The 9th century book is one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, as well as one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts. Because of its lavish decoration and artistry, the Book of Kells’ illustrations and ornamentation are incomparable in extravagance and complexity. Attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year, you’ll definitely want to schedule some time to stop by the exhibition.
After having remained in Kells until 1654, the book was moved to Trinity College Dublin in 1661. It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College from the mid-19th century. Four volumes are available for viewing, two of which can be seen normally, one is opened to display a majorly decorated page, and one displays two pages of script. Visits are self-guided with leaflets in 10 different language, or an audio tour can be rented for €5. You should plan on taking around 40 minutes to 1 hour to go throughout the Old Library Exhibition. There are lifts within the building, making it wheelchair accessible.
You can buy tickets online, which will ensure you a time slot and allow you to skip the queue. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at the ticket desk within the exhibition. Ticket prices range from €11 - €28, depending on the ticket type you are seeking. Discounted ticket prices are also available for senior citizens and students with a valid ID card.
- Adults: €11 – 14
- Family: €28
- Concession: €11
- Group: €11 per person
- Children under age 12: free
For more information on tickets and opening hours, click here. Be sure to check the website before your visit, as times are subject to change.
Opening Hours for The Book Of Kells are as follows:
May – September
Monday – Saturday - 08.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday - 09.30am – 5.00pm
October – April
Monday – Saturday - 09.30am – 5.00pm
Sundays - 12.00pm – 4.30pm
How do I get there?
The Book of Kells is on display in the Old Library within Trinity College, located right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Because of this very accessible location, transportation from The Spencer will not be a problem. The closest train station would be Pearse Street Station which is a 10 minute walk door to door. You can also easily take the Luas or the bus as there are stops for both right outside of our doors. If you wish to walk, the journey will take you just under 20 minutes.
Email our reservations team for details or simply have a look at our map below to see where The Spencer is in relation to the Book Of Kells.