For conservation reasons, the Book of Kells is not on display from 4 November 2019 to early March 2020. During this time ticket prices are reduced by 15%. Visitors will have access to the Book of Kells Exhibition and the Long Room, which houses over 250,000 of Trinity College’s most ancient books. Visitors can also view a full colour replica of the Book of Kells, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp and a rare original copy of the Irish Proclamation and in the Long Room.
October – April Monday to Saturday 09.30 to 17:00 (last entry 16.30), Sunday 12:00 to 16:30 (last entry 16:00).
May – September Monday to Saturday 08.30 to 17:00, Sunday 09.30 to 17:00.
For public holidays, Sunday hours apply.
Online tickets ensure you get a timed slot of entry without having to queue. If you wish to just arrive, join the queue and pay at the ticket desk, this is available at the standard admission price.
We welcome school field trips, tour groups and corporate outings.
Online pre-booking is recommended for all groups from 2nd May to guarantee a time slot and avoid disappointment. Please book your tickets at www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/.
We will honour your ticket if there is a marginal difference in time slot and arrival time. Tickets are non-transferable so if you do not turn up, you cannot get a refund.
We do not provide guided tours of the Exhibition. Visits are self-guided with leaflets available in 10 different languages. There are audio guides in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese that can be rented for €5.
Photography is not permitted in the exhibition area or the Treasury where the Book of Kells is displayed. Non-flash photography (without a tripod) is permitted upstairs in the Long Room (Old Library). Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes. It is the visitor's responsibility to ensure no copyright is infringed.
The Old Library is fully wheelchair accessible. On arrival, please speak to the Library Guard on duty at the door who will arrange for you to use the elevator.
Please allow 40 minutes to 1 hour for your visit through the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition.
Concession tickets are for senior citizens (over 60 years old) and students on production of a valid student card.
There are no parking facilities on campus. Pedestrian access is via Nassau Street or College Green. We are right in the centre of Dublin city with all main bus routes/Luas stops nearby.
With increased footfall of visitors to the campus, we have increased challenges and to address some of these, we have adopted a new campus tours policy in the summer 2017. The aim of this is to provide accurate and engaging tours to our visitors, as well as a quality experience during their visit. This outlines that tours of campus are conducted by Trinity’s official tour guide, Authenticity Tours.
– In implementing this new policy, we hope to continue to protect and preserve the historic campus and ensure a memorable experience for all of our visitors.
– Through Trinity’s official tour guide, Authenticity Tours, trading as Trinity Tours we can facilitate any tour requests from members of the public or tour groups.