This is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and is famous for its graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett. Once you step through the main gates you are transported to a place known for its remarkable architecture.
What to know & do
There are great guided walking tours of the campus given by current students of the college during the summer months they depart every 40 minutes from 10.15 to 15.40. Just be aware you can't pre book you just need to turn up so get there early!
The Book of Kells is an absolute must. It’s the most precious single item on the Trinity campus. The Book of Kells is a manuscript of the New Testament from 800AD. You can visit this the Book of Kells the Old Library building. A librarian turns over a new page of The Book Of Kells every day. So if you come here for a year, you would get to see the entire manuscript.
The Old Library is one of the most impressive library’s in the world. At 65 metres long its like a scene from Harry Potter. Along with the Book of Kells it also has one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
The Old Library at Trinity College is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00 and Sundays from 9:30 to 16:30. In the winter months, the Old Library opens at 12:00 noon on Sundays. On Irish Bank Holidays, the library usually stays open from 9:30 to 17:00. Children under 12 years of age go for free. Concessions for families, students, senior citizens are available.
There are also a number of cafes and bars on the campus, our favourite is the "Pav" normally reserved for students only it's great place for a drink if you can get in.