Good for: learning about Irish history, experiencing a university vibe, admiring ancient books
Not good for: conversation (library -- shh.)
- 01 896 1000
- grounds free, tour incl Long Room & Book of Kells €10, under 12 free
- grounds 8am-midnight, Long Room/Book of Kells 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, to 4.30pm Sun, from noon Sun Oct-May
Lonely Planet review for Trinity College
The country’s most famous university is an oasis of Victorian tranquillity in the middle of the city. Founded by Elizabeth I in 1592, most of the stunning buildings and landscaped squares date from the 18th and 19th centuries, but the campus’ single biggest attraction is much, much older – queue up to gape at the Book of Kells, one of the world’s most extraordinary illuminated manuscripts. Thirty-minute walking tours are available, see website for details.