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  • Address: College Green
  • Hours: Library open daily 9:30am - 5pm
  • Admission: Free

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Trinity College

Supremely located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College stands as the gem of Ireland. Ranked as the number one university in the nation and in the top forty globally, Trinity College has a stellar academic reputation in addition to being one of Dublin's finest landmarks.

Established in 1592, the college has been at its current location since the 1700s and boasts some beautiful Georgian architecture from that time. The Campanile and Examination Hall are commonly the subjects of photographs. The Old Library is popular amongst visitors as well, but it is not the look of the building's exterior that draws them there. Held within the Old Library is the world famous Book of Kells, an ancient sacred text, which is on display in a special exhibit.

While Trinity College is deeply rooted in its history, much has changed since the institution first opened its doors over 400 years ago. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I of England, the college was originally only open to Protestant men. In 1793, Catholics were admitted, however it wasn't until 1970 that the Catholic Church stopped threatening its members with excommunication if they attended. Women were admitted beginning in 1904 and today the college is comprised of a diverse student body of all faiths, genders, and nationalities.

Practical Info

The best way to explore Trinity College is through a walking tour. Though the self-guided option is available, those who choose a seasoned guide to lead them through the campus will benefit from stories and facts associated with each building and square. Of all of the insight people will get on their walk through the grounds, what will surprise them the most is how well the college is able to function as a learning institution, despite being one of Dublin's most popular tourist attractions.

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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Make your own sightseeing itinerary with a 1 or 2-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket in Dublin. Use your ticket on two different bus routes, which cover a combined ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Varies

Original - Purple Route Duration 1hr 30mins - Docklands - Pink Route Duration 30 mins

From USD $21.59

Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College

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Few cities wear history on its sleeve like Dublin does! The Historical Walking Tour has been acclaimed as a must-do tour for any visitor to Dublin and starts ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.64

Nights of Terror Dracula Ghost Tour in Dublin

High collars and scarves are recommended attire on our uniquely chilling, suspense-filled walking tour of Dublin to reveal the dark side of medieval ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.41

The Dublin City Walking Tour

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Take a city walking tour around Dublin with a local guide to make sure you don’t miss Dublin's most popular icons. See the General Post Office, walk down ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $11.36

Dublin Historical Highlights Walking Tour

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See Dublin’s top sights on this 2.5-hour historical walking tour. With a professional guide, walk by famous landmarks, from Trinity College to Dublin ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.64

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