The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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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 →


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 →


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 →


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.

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 →


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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