Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
4.5
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The building facade of Trinity College is among many constructed since the foundation of the College on March 13th, 1592. The design is attributed to Theodore Jacobsen, a London-based amateur architect, with the collaboration of Henry Keene and John Sanderson.
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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Abbey St • 6 min walk
  • Jervis • 8 min walk
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  • traveltheworld012
    Rochester, Minnesota15,703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beautiful centerpiece of Dublin
    We were in Dublin for 4 days in Mid-May, 2023. So of course one of the visits would be to this beautiful and historic college. We visited 3 times during our stay in Dublin and of course one day was seeing the Book Of Kells and the library Long Room. Aside from that self-guided tour, we toured the campus on our own. Some of the campus buildings are from the late 1500s. The center courtyard is wonderful to walk about or just sit on one of the benches and people watch. While sitting on a bench one of these sunny days, a wild Red Fox strolled by.... yes a wild fox!! I didn't have time to get a photo as it soon disappeared into the wooded area nearby. Many famous people attended this college including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. This place is steeped in a rich history and a grand visit not to be missed.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Jennifer P
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey201 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Potential college visit
    This is a lovely campus. The tour was nice, albeit a bit difficult to hear. We travelled to Dublin as my daughter was an accepted student and we were looking for a campus tour. There are separate tours for tourists- ours was mostly accepted or potential students. The guides were good and the architecture is lovely.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Gabriel R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Tour at Trinity College
    My family and I had a great time at Trinity college. At first we only wanted to see the Book of Kells but we decided to take a whole college tour. The tour was amazing, our tour guide (Rosanne) was really kind, engaging and interesting with lots of interesting information as well as giving us time to look around by ourselves including the book of Kells and the breathtaking long hall library. I would recommend seeing the book Kells, but I would recommend even more going on the college tour which is far better than any other college tour i’ve been on especially if you have a great tour guide like Rosanne.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • carissavb
    Las Vegas, Nevada75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book the tour, its worth it!
    Went to visit Trinity college and while there decided to do a tour which turned out to be amazing and very informative. Our guide was Luca (a history major) and an overall badass. He was so informative on his history of the college, took us around and ended it with us viewing the book of Kells. If you go, I highly recommend a tour and request Luca!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Bailey B
    28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful campus, chaotic crowds
    We were able to do the tour of the library and Book of Kells on a rainy Dublin day. The tour itself was very interesting and informative, however you have to battle a ton of other people to see the exhibits. The Long Room is beautiful, but is the end point of all tours making it extremely busy and congested. If you have a chance to walk around campus, I would highly recommend it as the scenery/architecture is beautiful. Times for the self guided tour are unnecessary as they don’t limit group numbers.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • ogol17
    Joshua Tree, California950 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided campus tour highly recommended
    We took the guided tour of the campus that included a visit to the library. The tour with Sarah was excellent - she was bright, funny and knowledgable. The campus is beautiful and the stories behind some of the buildings are fascinating. The old library was of course amazing as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • toby m
    Bronx, New York29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Tour of the College
    Tour was done by one of the students. It is well worth it to find out more info about the school and to see 1 of the main buildings. We did not do the Book of Kells since the library is under renovation. They still sell tickets so read the reviews. Most of the books are gone and library under plastic, as are the busts.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Michael A
    Sydney, Australia162 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    College Tour
    The tour is in three parts. The 3rd year Trinity College student gave an excellent and extremely informative tour of the college. The Library and Book of Kells was a little disappointing. The material explaining the Book of Kells and the related manuscripts was confusing and poorly laid out and many of the books had been removed from the Library for preservation. In hind sight, I would have just stuck with the tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Mo S
    139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific campus walking tour with Luca
    The highlight of our time at Trinity College was the walking tour with Luca. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining - the perfect mix for an outstanding tour guide. We enjoyed the Book of Kells however, it wasn’t as interesting as expected especially given the book conservation work that is underway in the Long Hall library (necessary but unfortunately meant the stacks were mostly empty). If you have a chance to do a campus tour with Luca we highly recommend it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • ashokraonb
    Belgaum, India233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great College and Library
    A great college tour with a cheerful student. Had a great time visiting various buildings of the university. The book of Kells was good but I feel much hyped. The Library itself was huge and beautiful but most of the books were removed for restoration. Overall a must-do in Dublin.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
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Krabate
142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Very nice place. Lovely audiovisual presentations. A lot of informations. Very good giude. Busy. Unfortunately not everyone respect others and interupt during the presentation.
Written 13 June 2024
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GULAAB M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Expansive place, nice architecture. Most buildings are closed to the public. Visit the library and see the book of Kells. Make sure to book ahead on the website for tickets
Written 12 June 2024
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meganK
Oakville, Canada256 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We have been a few times to Trinity College and The Books of Kells. The books of Kells- a famous library has very few books- maybe the first few rows- they have removed to restore many of the old books and place them in a climate controlled environment- they will not be returning said one cranky employee. We went specifically to see this magnificent library and we’re very disappointed. As well- other than the lady that sold us our tickets- a student- the staff were rude and cranky. I get that they deal with large crowds but that is unacceptable. I will not be returning to Trinity College nor will I recommend the library visits to anyone.
Written 5 June 2024
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Carson S
30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Trinity College is so beautiful! I really enjoyed walking around and seeing the long room with the Book of Kells. The gift shop was lovely as well, though I do wish they had sold some cold beverages.
Written 4 June 2024
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Hollie
Niagara Falls, NY100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I had 1 day to run around city Center. Took the bus in and out of city. Easy peasy. The people are so polite. The city so safe. Everything with in walking distance. 6 hours to see
Go for it
Written 3 June 2024
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Patrick S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited Trinity College Dublin on a tour/ticket that included the Book of Kells (an illuminted manuscript of the four gospels written in 800 CE). Our charming guide Owen is a current student and had all kinds of insights into life on campus along with all the history of the College. This is a must place to visit in Dublin - one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for its library. The main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room which is home to the Book of Kells and the Brian Boru harp (the oldest harp in Ireland)
Highly recommended!!
Written 26 May 2024
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Ewa L
Hasselt, Belgium32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our local guide Emily did an excellent job telling us about the buildings and history of Trinity College, well worth paying for her entertaining and informative tour. The book of Kells experience is excellent.
Written 21 May 2024
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tms215
Philadelphia, PA631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Book of Kells, the Library, the grounds, the history, just amazing. This is well worth a visit. A student guided tour is the way to go. The buildings are amazing both inside and outside. The traditions are fascinating. You will learn a great deal about how people were treated throughout history
Written 15 May 2024
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Cr1stina11
Redwood City, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We booked the Trinity College tour along with a book of Kells and were thrilled with everything we learned and saw. Our wonderful guide was a former employee who became a student and had a ton of anecdotes and stories to share with us. The book of Kells and the Long Room are stunning and I am so happy we got to see the library before it fully converts to a virtual experience. Wear comfy shoes and a coat in winter/spring!
Written 14 May 2024
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Baldofafe
Vendas Novas, Portugal208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A must-see in Dublin. Beautiful especially if you manage to visit it by night. Combine with a visit to hte book of Kells and the Library.
Written 6 May 2024
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