Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the College is in an enviable position in the very heart of Ireland's capital and in 1992 celebrated its 400 year anniversary. The College is famous for graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett. Trinity College on its 40-acre site retains some of its ancient seclusion, while its cobbled squares, gardens and parks have a tranquil atmosphere compared with the bustling streets outside. The campus contains a unique collection of buildings dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The College is famed for the great treasures it has the honour to be guardian of.
These include the BOOK OF KELLS - a 9th century illuminated manuscript - the books of Durrow and Armagh and an early Irish harp. These are displayed in the Collonades exhibition Gallery and the Long Room, which is the most impressive library in the College housing more than 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books.
A recent introduction at the College is the DUBLIN EXPERIENCE a multimedia interpretation of the city of Dublin. This show, which is based around a sophisticated audio visual presentation, tells the story of Dublin and its people from its earliest beginning to the present day. The Dublin Experience is a complete orientation to the city and in many ways it is also a guide to the main events of Irish history. It operates from late May to early October each year and should not be missed.
Location. College Street, Dublin 2, Dublin.
Bus. Most cross-city buses pass by Trinity College Main Entrance.
Phone. +353 1 608 2320 / 608 2308
Fax. +353 1 6719003
Opening Hours. The Dublin Experience: May - Mid October: Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5.pm. The Old Library/Book of Kells: Monday–Saturday 9.30am–5pm. Sunday (October–March) 12pm – 4.30pm.
Entrance Fee. Dublin Experience: Adults £3IR. Students/OAPs/Children under 18: £2.50IR.