Examination Hall

The building was built originally circa 1684, of 3 storey height stone construction and served by one northeast staircase accessing the viewing balcony and Organ, there are no lift facilities.

Examination Hall, Trinity College Dublin

Location:

Main Campus (Main Quadrangle/Front Square)

Accessibility rating:

Access to Examination Hall is via ramp at the rear or by a temporary ramp at the Front which is installed for College events.

Opening hours

By Arrangement and Bookings.

During examinations the building is open 09:00 to 18:00 daily.

The general visiting public to Trinity College do not have open access to the interior of the building.

Building description

The building was built originally circa 1684, of 3 storey height stone construction and served by one northeast staircase accessing the viewing balcony and Organ, there are no lift facilities. During the buildings' life it has remained as originally constructed, a fire exit/escape route has been added from the balcony into the West Theatre offices at 2nd floor level. The main hall forms part of the overall structure which includes the East and West Theatre office blocks all constructed around the same era.

Entrance to the building is from the Quadrangle Front Square via stone steps and through an external lobby area bordered by large stone pillars facing out north to the main square.

Currently the only universally accessible part of the building is the ground floor level, but no permanent ramp is provided for wheelchair users to access the front main steps. During events, hall functions and examinations a temporary ramp is provided to enable wheelchair users to gain access to the main hall external lobby, internal hall area and if required to the raised stage area at the far south end of the hall interior.

During daytime hours the Front Square of Trinity is open to public viewing and unlimited access. A fire exit route from the East Theatre 2nd floor offices is linked to the main northeast staircase enabling persons to escape from the offices in an emergency. A further fire exit door is provided to the southeast corner of the hall that enables an escape route via the Cash Desk room in the East Theatre part of the building.

Facilities available

  • Main Hall (seating capacity of 400 or during exams capacity of approx 150) Main Hall raised stage area Balcony area (seating capacity of 90 persons) Organ (centre of balcony area)