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Trinity College Dublin
Ranked #3 of 516 things to do in Dublin
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Second time trying to submit this review now as my first one was unethical. To be honest with you nothing special at all. They have a book which was written ages ago if I wanted to read an old book id look one up online. Cant go into much buildings as its a running "college". Wasn't happy with the lack of pints. They have tour guides who look like absolute spanners as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

We last visited Trinity College in 2007, and remember the sprites talk that our guide gave us then. This recent one is on par with the first one. I think they select guides who know their historical facts back and forward, but also intersperse the history with amusing facts and stories. our guide was no exception to that, very knowledgeable, but actually funny. turns out he was doing his PHD there, and was rom New York State.

The college was set up by Elizabeth I at the end of the 1500, as a way to consolidate Tudor rule in Ireland, and for many years, Catholics could not attend. At the end of the 1700s, they could, but needed permission to do so. Women were admitted in the early 1900s.

The tour lasts about 45 minutes, and includes the Book of Kells Exhibition. It is a 9th century copy of the four Gospels. As with any tourist area, you end up in the gift shop, which is very good. However, a tourist should also climb the stairs to see the college library. There, you can see probably the most valuable Irish artifact, the harp of Brian Born, the first High King of Ireland.

Our guide was

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

This is one of those Must-Sees in Dublin. The Book of Kells can get very crowded, but once you get into the Long Library it opens up a bit.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

Trinity College is world famous; people like Wolfe Tone, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett studied here. And the place really is impressive: huge Georgian structures mixed with more modern buildings, and a large campus that is often used for sports events: when we visited, a charity race was going on!

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank binapiraeus
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

Like all universities, this is a massive site. The tour made this visit for us. It lasts about 20 mins and our student guide, Tom, was great - knowledgeable, funny and super friendly.

After the tour you can join the queue (you will always queve) to see the Book of Kells and the Library

Note: if you want a coffee, there is a Costa Coffee right at the back of the campus, after the cricket pitch

Date of experience: September 2018
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