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Due to an update to Irish Government guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, the Book of Kells and Old Library exhibition will close from Saturday 19th September 2020 for a period of three weeks.

October – April: Monday to Saturday 09.30 to 17:00, Sunday 12:00 to 16:30

May – September: Monday to Saturday 08.30 to 17:00, Sunday 09.30 to 17:00.

Sunday hours apply on public holidays.

Online booking is required and a specific entry time can be chosen for your visit.

You can book a group ticket for 10 or more people online. Simply select the ‘groups’ option when purchasing a ticket. For further information about group visits please contact us at

Slight changes to your selected entry time may be accommodated, subject to availability. Please note that tickets cannot be returned for a refund.

The Book of Kells exhibition is a self-guided tour experience. Exhibition guidebooks are available in a range of languages. Audio guides are available to rent for €5 in English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Non-flash photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes in the Old Library, but photography of the Book of Kells is forbidden. This is due to the sensitive nature of the manuscript. Tripods are not permitted. It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure no copyright is infringed.

The Old Library is fully wheelchair accessible. On arrival, please speak to one of our staff members who will arrange for a Library Guard to assist you in using our elevator and accessing all areas of the exhibition.

Concession tickets are available for senior citizens (those over 60 years old) and students. Students are required to present a valid student card upon entry.

Walking tours of Trinity are available, and include entry to the Book of Kells. More information on these tours.

Tours of Trinity campus can only be conducted through Trinity’s official tour operators and by authorized staff of the University. More information on these tours.

There are no parking facilities on campus. Pedestrian access is via College Green, Nassau Street or Pearse Street. The Book of Kells is located in the centre of Dublin near all main bus, tram and train routes.

The Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition will temporarily close from 19 September 2020 More Info