The World famous Long Room Library in Trinity College, Dublin.
This library is counted as one of the great libraries in the world, and is one of Ireland's most visited attractions with over 200,000 texts in these now world-famous lofty vaults.
It holds many rare and ancient texts, most notably The Book of Kells, The Book of Durrow, and The Book of Armagh - once reputed to have belonged to Saint Patrick himself. However The Book of Armagh is believed to have been written around 807AD so it postdates Saint Patrick by some time.
The Book of Kells is the biggest draw to the Long Room Library, an illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels, written ca. 800AD. Another exhibit includes an original copy of the Proclamation of The Republic from The Easter Rising in 1916; also on display is the oldest Irish Harp in existence (15th C.) - the same Harp as features on Irish Euro coins.
Visitors to the library can see the Long Room Library as featured here with its gleaming marble busts of famous Irish writers including Jonathan Swift and the ancient philosophers. Construction was complete on the library in 1732 but it was not until 1860 that the library took its current form with the double height gallery bookcases and vaulted ceilings that you can see in the 360-panorama above. At 65m in length it is quite easy to see why it is called the Long Room.
The price for entry to the Book of Kells and the Long Room Library is €9 for an adult, with some reductions available for groups, children and others. Do bear in mind that there may be long queues to get to the Book of Kells but this can give you the option of viewing the magnificent library for a little longer. And the Long Room Library is located in Trinity College right in the centre of Dublin.
Sun (May to September): 09:30-16:30
Sun (October to April): 12:00-16:30