Opening Times

  • Mon – Sat (May - Sept) 08:30 – 17:00
  • Sun (May - Sept) 09:30 – 17:00
  • Mon – Sat (Oct - April) 09:30 – 17:00
  • Sun (Oct - April) 12:00 – 16:30

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The Book of Kells has joined the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

The Book of Kells is thrilled to have won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 5th year in a row, which qualifies us for the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame!

This prestigious accolade is a testimony to the passion and dedication of our front of house team, who welcome visitors all year round and our operations team that work tirelessly behind the scenes. Their hard work is reflected in the growth in our visitor numbers, which have increased by 45% from 2014-2018, culminating in our one millionth visitor, in the year, in 2018.

Visitors to the Book of Kells are greeted by our Library Guards, who protect the Old Library building and are also ambassadors of the Exhibition. They are always happy to share fascinating facts about the Book of Kells and the Long Room and stories of celebrities that have visited over the years such as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan, Alanis Morrisette and Martha Stewart.

Perhaps the most extraordinary body of work that sustains the Book of Kells visitor experience, is the intricate preservation and conservation managed by a team of experts. This ongoing work is the science behind keeping a 1,200 year old manuscript and a library full of 200,000 ancient books alive.

After getting a close up view of the Book of Kells, visitors step in to the breathtaking Long Room, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Long Room has been maintained by a team of dedicated librarians since 1732 and is still a working library today.

Trinity Gift Shop sits at the Exhibition exit and features clothing and gifts inspired by the rich heritage of Trinity College. Our friendly retail team love telling visitors about the compelling stories behind the products on sale.

The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. We are very grateful to all of the visitors who gave Trip Advisor Reviews in the last 5 years, helping us to reach the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.

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