Trinity College & The Book of Kells

Address: Trinity College, College Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Founded by Elizabeth I. in 1592 on the site of a suppressed Augustinian monastery, Trinity College eventually overcame its exclusively Protestant proclivities and is now one of Ireland’s foremost seats of learning, as well as one of the most popular sites to visit in Ireland.

Trinity College is home to the famous Book of Kells. No book evokes such passion amongst art lovers as the 9th century illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Kells. Written on vellum and containing a Latin text of the Gospels, it is one of the most popular sights in Dublin.

Opening Times for the Book of Kells/ Old Library

May – September
Monday – Saturday: 08.30 – 17.00
Sunday: 09.30 – 17.00

October – April
Monday – Saturday: 09.30 – 17.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 16.30


60 minutes approximately. This is a very popular visit and during peak times your group may need to queue for a little while.

Our Tip

Take your group on the guided walking tour of Trinity College campus with Authenticity Tours! A visit to the Book of Kells is included and your students will gain valuable insight in the history of the college and the significance of the Book of Kells – a tour not to be missed!