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Book of Kells & Old Library - Trinity College Tour

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Trinity College - Book of Kells & Old Library in Dublin


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.


Please note the new rules of admission for groups entering the Trinity College grounds.

  • All groups must enter via the entrance on Nassau Street.
  • Only groups who will or have purchased a Book of Kells ticket may remain on the grounds.
  • Group tours of the campus may only be conducted by the official provider Authenticity Tours Ltd.
  • Security personnel will conduct patrols on campus to ensure no groups are carrying out tours unofficially.
  • Groups will be asked to leave campus if they have not purchased tickets to the Book of Kells.


Photo Gallery
Busy people walking by Trinity College main door
The Sphere Within Sphere Sculpture in the Courtyard
Statue of William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Useful Information
Opening Hours

May – September:

Monday – Saturday: 08.30 – 17.00 hrs

Sunday: 09.30 – 17.00 hrs


October – April:

Monday – Saturday: 09.30 – 17.00 hrs

Sunday: 12.00 – 16.30 hrs


Notes for Group Leaders

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

Duration of Visit

Approximately 60 minutes.



Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2


Notes for group leaders

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!

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