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Reviewed 10 April 2022

I've been to similar ancient manuscript exhibits (dead-sea scrolls in Israel, Guttenberg Bible in Germany). All of them were a better experience than this one.

First, getting tickets is a frustrating experience. Electronic tickets appear to be REQUIRED, but he web sight doesn't say that. If you show up, you hopefully have a mobile device with Internet access and sufficient data (don't always assume this for visitors from another country). You have to use a credit card (no cash was accepted). People from outside the EU (or at least from the US) often get hit with a currency exchange fee (hence my preference for small amounts of cash). The whole ticket acquisition experience started the tour off poorly. Just explain an the web site that pre-purchased, electronic tickets are highly recommended (because if you show up, that's what you'll have to do anyhow)

The staff are friendly and helpful. The displays interesting and educational, yet the whole experience seems a little small for 18E/person. What percentage of the space is the display and what percentage is the gift shop?

Date of experience: April 2022
Thank jwest
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Reviewed 9 April 2022 via mobile

Majestic view of one of the oldest buildings and libraries in the world! Truly enjoyed the experience. Despite its old infrastructure, they were very accommodating to help us with strollers and our small children.

Date of experience: April 2022
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Reviewed 8 April 2022 via mobile

The library is absolutely astonishing and every shelf is filled with ancient book, which together with the old wood of the furniture, give a unique smell to the room. Also the history of the Book of Kells is one you would like to know. Downside: the book can’t be photographed.

Date of experience: April 2022
Thank Aaantoo
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Reviewed 8 April 2022

Not much to do really only takes 10-15 mins but obviously one of teh more famous tours but dont beat yourself up about it if you don't get there

Date of experience: April 2022
Thank AndrewK4629
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Reviewed 8 April 2022 via mobile

Amazing exhibit and history about the Book of Kells; so worth the time! Loved being in the Trinity College Library Long room… I could have spent a week alone in there!

Date of experience: April 2022
Thank homazoma
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