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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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6 expert recommendations

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Fodor's Tick Choice

Home to Ireland's largest collection of books and manuscripts, the Old Library's principal treasure is the Book of Kells. Full review →

1

Frommer's 33

This hand-drawn manuscript of the four gospels, dating to the year 800, is one of Ireland’s national treasures. Full review →

2

Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

To the south of the square is the Old Library, built in a rather severe style by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732. Full review →

11

Michelin Guide 53

The wonderful treasury includes some of the library's most important works including the extraordinary Book of Kells. Full review →

Don't miss the oldest surviving Irish harp, at least 500 years old and an emblem of the nation.
9

Time Out

'Kelly's Book', as it still gets called occasionally, is Trinity's most famous artefact, but it suffers slightly from Mona Lisa syndrome. Full review →

12

Travel + Leisure

A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity College's brilliant historic setting creates stark architectural contrast and delightful dissonance. Full review →

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