Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is an extraordinary hand-drawn manuscript of the four gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin). Dating from the year 800, with colourful illumination & elaborate scripting you can see why it is one of the most popular things to visit in Dublin and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.

The Book of Kells is displayed with other manuscripts at Trinity College’s Old Library. Two volumes are on public view and are changed at regular intervals.  They are displayed in a wooden bulletproof cabinet to help protect them for future generations. One is opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script and each day the page in the book is turned over so you can observe every detail of the hand-drawn manuscript

The grand, chained library in Trinity College holds many rare works on Irish History & frequently changes the displays of rare works.

Admission Fees: 
Online Fees

Adults: €18  
Family 4 (2 adults & 2 children under 16): €34
Senior Citizens 60+: €15
Students with valid ID: €15
Groups of 10+ (before 11am) : €14
Children under the age of 12: free of charge

Opening Hours:

May to September 
Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 5.00pm
Sunday: 9.30 to 5.00pm

October to April
Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 5.00pm
Sunday: 12.00 to 4.30pm


Trinity College
College Green
D02 PN40

Trinity College is a 15 minute walk from the Castle Hotel.
Public transport can also be taken, our front desk staff will be able to guide you on these.

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