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Book of Kells and Old Library

DISCOVER IRELAND'S GREATEST CULTURAL TREASURE

Please note:
FREE Book of Kells audio tour included via Visit Trinity app on iOS/Android

30 mins

7 days a week

Free Wifi

Free audioguide

Discover the Book of Kells and Old Library at Trinity College Dublin.

Firstly, explore the exhibition, where you will learn about the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the rich symbolism and artistry behind it. Next, get a close up look at the precious manuscript, which is considered to be Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure. 

Afterwards, step into one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the breathtaking Long Room. Home to 200,000 of Trinity’s most ancient books. The Long Room library chamber has been a working library since 1732.

Finish your tour in the gift shop, where beautiful items inspired by the Book of Kells and Trinity are available to take home. From exclusive items crafted from Connemara marble to handsomely personalised leather goods, each keepsake embodies the indelible mark Trinity leaves on visitors and students alike

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Online booking is strongly recommended for the Book of Kells and entry is timed.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded, except at the absolute discretion of the Old Library and The Book of Kells.

Trinity students and staff are welcome to visit the Book of Kells & Old Library free of charge and they can bring up to 2 guests.

Pre-booking is essential.

To book go to https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/tickets/ and type your Trinity student or staff number into the promo code box. You can then choose the time slot available. These complimentary tickets are limited so if a time slot is not available, please try another.

Please note that there is a maximum number of complementary tickets that each student and staff member can avail of in a given academic year, once that number is reached the system will not allow access to further complementary tickets, nor can further tickets be accessed through our front of house team.

For enquiries please email bookofkells@tcd.ie (note: due to how busy the attraction is, please allow 1-2 days for responses).

Trinity alumni are welcome to visit the Book of Kells & Old Library free of charge and they can bring up to 2 guests. Pre-booking is essential.

To book please email bookofkells@tcd.ie with your preferred date and time of visit, allowing at least 3 working days’ notice.

Booking is subject to availability.

Yes, the nearest accessible toilets for visitors are located:

Monday – Friday: The Arts Block (beside the Perch Café)

Saturday – Sunday: The Berkeley Library (inside the front door on the left)

Primary-Secondary teachers: please contact sinead.fox@tcd.ie for more information.

Educational groups: please book at the group rate on our website.

You can access a FREE Audio Tour of Book of Kells and Old Library, which can be used during your visit on your mobile device.

Simply download the Visit Trinity app which is available in all app stores.

Click here to download.

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.

No, small bags are permitted only. Unfortunately we have no lockers or left luggage facilities for suitcases or large bags.

Taxi
  • Ask for Trinity College, College Green entrance. Cost €30.
Bus
  • The Aircoach leaves Dublin airport every 15min, 24 hours a day. Cost: €9
  • Ask to be dropped off at Kildare Street. Walk towards Nassau Street and take the Nassau street entrance of Trinity College opposite KC Peaches/Costa Coffee.

By taxi:
  • Ask for Trinity College, College Green entrance. Cost: €15.
By tram:
  • Head to the Connolly LUAS stop or the Bus Aras LUAS stop
  • Buy a ticket to Trinity. Cost €3
  • You will need to switch from the RED LUAS line to the GREEN LUAS line at Abbey Street LUAS stop.

By taxi:

  • Ask for Trinity College, College Green entrance. Cost: €15.

By tram:

  • Head to Hueston LUAS stop.
  • Buy a ticket to Trinity. Cost €3
  • You will need to switch from the RED LUAS line to the GREEN LUAS line at Abbey Street LUAS stop.