Trinity College & The Book Of Kells
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The Spencer Hotel Dublin is located not far from Trinity College Dublin. Stroll up the scenic promenade from The Spencer Hotel and you will be brought to the top of O’Connell Street, and a short stroll over the bridge will bring you directly to Trinity College. Upon your arrival at Trinity College, you will be met with the beautiful facade and architecture of the imposing college set amid the busy backdrop of Dublin city. It will take you approximately 20 minutes to walk from The Spencer to Trinity College.
Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university and is ranked in 61st position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2013. The University of Dublin, Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is one of Dublin’s most beautifully designed buildings, positioned in the very heart of Dublin City Centre.
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 languages, or an audio tour can be rented. 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.
Location: The University of Dublin Trinity College, College Green, Dublin
T: 01 896 2320
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