Book Of Kells, Dublin
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Book Of Kells, Dublin - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Trinity College, College St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Ticket Price: 11 EUR
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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The Old Library and the Book of Kells is a lovely library that’s often crowded. It is indeed an interesting place to explore and spend some time at. The library is like a piece of heaven on earth for book lovers of course and also for others as it is exceptionally calm and informative. The book of Kells here, is a manuscript of the gospel. The library is a great place to spend a few hours by yourself diving into the knowledge of books.
Book Of Kells Ticket Prices
- Concession: €9
- Family (2 adults + 2 children upto 16 years) : €22
- Groups(more than 10 people per group) : €9
- School Group: €8 per student
How To reach Book Of Kells by Public Transport
- Nearby bus stop: Trinity College, Nassau St. (Opp. Frederick St)F
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The book of Kells is a once in a lifetime experience. If you are a Christian and history buff, you will love this tour. The information about how books were written back in Viking times is astounding. The intricate decorate is enough to make your head spin. I can barely do adult coloring books let alone these beautiful Christian gospel books. And then finish off the tour with visiting the biggest library I've ever seen in the long hall. Fantastic.
I enjoyed reading all of the information about medieval Irish manuscripts before seeing the actual document. It allowed me to appreciate details I otherwise would have missed. The library at the end is amazing. The smell of old books alone is worth the price of admission! I went early in the morning and bought the ticket online so there was no wait for the entrance. Even still it was quite busy inside. I read all signs and generally took my time and I was there for just under 2 hours.
It was interesting to see. Due to the delicate nature of the materials, you can't observe as much of them as I would like. But learning about the medieval fabrication of the books was cool. I actually thought the long room of the library was cooler to see. I could have spent more time there. Either way, well worth the €10 I paid to see it at an off-peak hour. I do highly recommend going at an off peak time and buying your tickets online in advance, as the line for people purchasing tickets the day of was quite long, even at 9:15am. Enjoy!
Once you get through the line you will see interesting information posted on all the walls regarding to the history and creation of the Book of Kells. Eventually, you will enter a small room where you will get to see 2 wonderfully created pages. The book is really cool and beautiful to see, however small the viewing. Next, you enter the library. It was the library that I found exceptionally beautiful to see, it's a shame I can't pick up any of the books there.
I have been here a few times taking some visiting groups through and I've had the pleasure of being guided through each time. Have to say going with a guide is the way to go through here. There is so much you pick up that you wouldn't if you were going alone. Make sure you book your tickets online before you arrive. The online ticket queue is never busy and if you go the other queue to buy tickets you will be in for a wait. The line usually snakes around the corner and only moves when people exit the building. The overall tour isn't very long and you can't take photos through the Book of Kells section due to the sensitive nature of the book and the preservation required. The books are on display in a protective case and opened to a page that you can view. The books are actually just the four gospels and interestingly enough the book was written only for display. If you could read Latin the book wouldn't make sense as the words and letters have been chosen for illustrative effect and if words didn't fit they were just left off. After the book of kells section you make your way upstairs to the old library and this is just breathtaking. Interesting fact here is that the weight of the books on the shelves on either side were breaking the building apart until it had to be fixed. Have a look at all the busts as well as making sure you see the earliest Irish Harp on display at the other end. The library has been used in a number of films including Star Wars (but without permission!). The place is magnificent and you don't need a lot of time to enjoy it and then you can take your time exploring the Trinity College campus.
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