Step back in history with a visit to this historical gem located right in the heart of Dublin City. Founded by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1592, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest and best known university, located in the centre of the city.
Highlights of the college include the glorious ‘campanile’, as well as the ancient Red-brick Rubics, built in 1700. There’s also the Old Library’s Long Room, home to 200,000 antiquated books, and the largest single-chamber library in the world (it was the inspiration for a room called the Jedi Archives in “Star Wars Episode III: Attack of the Clones).
But the College’s star attraction is undoubtedly the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated edition of the gospels, and the most famous Celtic book . For the major history buffs there’s even an exhibition called “The Book of Kells: Turning Darkness into Light”, which uses a combination of videos and great displays to show how the book was produced.
It’s well worth spending an afternoon exploring the grounds of Trinity. The college is highly group friendly and tours are available daily from May to September, and every weekend during the college term. Groups can also get a discount price of €6.50 and all children U12 are allowed in for free.