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Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

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College Green, Dublin, 2

The Basics

With its handsome Georgian and classical architecture, the Trinity College campus is a must-see for visitors to the Irish capital. Sightseers can tour the grounds independently or join a guided tour. Most walking tours of Dublin city center include Trinity College, along with other neighboring landmarks, such as the General Post Office (GPO), the Molly Malone Statue, and Dublin Castle.

The campus is also home to several standalone attractions including Dublin’s Science Gallery and the Zoological Museum, though the biggest crowd-pleaser is the Book of Kells in the Old Library, visitable for a small fee.

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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
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This tour was one of my favorites while in Dublin. Neil our guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He engaged with everyone in the tour like we were old friends. Her sang at the statue of Milly Malone. Shows us shops we would t normally find on our own. The book of Kells and the library were awe inspiring. Truly would do the tour again.
Angie_S, Oct 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 for the exclusive use of Protestant men, the university now welcomes all religions and genders.

  • Book an entrance ticket in advance or sign up for an early-access guided tour to see the Book of Kells without the queues and crowds.

  • As a large portion of the campus is open-air, bring an umbrella and waterproof layer in case of rain.

  • The parts of Trinity College Dublin visited on a tour are wheelchair accessible, although there are some cobblestones outside the library.

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How to Get There

Trinity College is south of Dublin city center, near pedestrian-only Grafton Street. Take the Luas Green Line tram to Stephen’s Green, the Luas Red Line tram to Abbey Street, or the DART train to Dublin Pearse station. From all three, the walk to campus is less than 10 minutes.

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When to Get There

Go early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid the midday rush. If you plan on seeing the Book of Kells, buy a Trinity College Library ticket in advance or be prepared to wait in line. Student-led, 30-minute campus tours, which depart from the Main Gate, are available in summer.

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View the Book of Kells

Trinity’s headline attraction is the illustrated 9th-century manuscript known as the Book of Kells. The illuminated manuscript of the four gospels was created by Irish monks, who painstakingly covered each page in elaborate and colorful Celtic-inspired imagery. Four pages from two volumes of the book are displayed in glass cabinets at Trinity College’s Old Library, which also contains an exhibition chronicling its creation and storied history.

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