Book of Kells & Trinity College
Ireland’s oldest university and home to the Book of Kells
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College Dublin is Dublin’s most centrally located (just a five minute walk from the Drury Court Hotel), oldest and arguably most prestigious university. The compact design of the college ensures that it maintains an aura of calm, despite being right in the centre of the city, and seamlessly blends a number of architectural styles.
The Front Square buildings with their Gothic influence and the impressive Campanile are a real must see for any visitors to the city.
There are full tours of the campus, given by current students of the University, all year round that leave from the Front Arch for anyone looking to delve a little deeper into the fascinating history of the University and know many of its quirks (for example, why you’ll never see a student walk under the bell of the Campanile in Front Square!)
The stunning Long Room library on campus houses one of Dublin’s most visited Tourist Attractions- the Book of Kells- with a recently updated exhibition to provide a comprehensive guide to the whole history of the book. The book contains the 4 Gospels in Latin, beautifully illustrated on calf skin vellum, as well as summaries & canon tables and is thought to have been written around 800AD.
There is just one page of the Book of Kells on display at any one time- carefully guarded behind glass, to protect the over-400-year-old book, so if you would like to see a little more of one of Ireland’s gems, please ask at the hotel reception. We are fortunate enough to have a very rare replica copy onsite and one of our friendly team will be happy to show you this in detail!
Other Historical Attractions
14 Henrietta Street
A rare insight into an oft-overlooked chapter of Dublin’s history
The spiritual heart of the city centre since 1028
Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library
The historical centre of power in Ireland & an incredible private collection on display
An historical prison, now museum, offering daily tours
Ireland’s Oldest Public Library
St Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built between the years of 1191 and 1270, on the site where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts to Christianity.