Book of Kells

The Library (Book of Kells), Dublin

Are you planning to visit the Book of Kells? See our information below!


The most beautiful library in Europe is located in Dublin on the grounds of the Trinity College. The 16th century, Dublin’s oldest university is located on the edge of the city center and you can easily visit the campus. The Trinity College Library is over 300 years old and houses thousands of books, including The Book of Kells, which was written some 1,200 years ago.

The Long Room is a library like in the movies: a gigantic room with dusty bookcases that reach to the ceiling. Because this library is also a legal deposit, it contains a total of about 4.5 million printed books and manuscripts, including the Book of Kells, a well-preserved manuscript from 800 AD with beautiful calligraphy. The book is part of the bible created by monks in the 9th century. The drawings are very special, refined and sometimes even colored with semi-precious stones. The Book of Kells, is one of the most special sights in Dublin.

You do have to buy a ticket to see the library, the rest of the university grounds are public.

Opening hours:

The library containing the Book of Kells is open every day of the year. Monday to Saturday from 09:30 AM until 05:00 PM and on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM.

Photographer: Zach Plank by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips worth knowing before you visit the Book of Kells.

  • Buy your ticket online in advance. This is not only cheaper, but also avoids the queues that can build up at peak times.
  • It is smart to go early, because this is one of the most visited places in the city.
Photographer: Alex Block by Unsplash

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