Supremely located in the heart of Dublin, just 10 minutes walk from Adelphi Guesthouse, 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. Trinity College is definitely one of the things you MUST visit when in Dublin. 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. we suggest Sunday morning is the best time to visit, before the students are awake and while the bells toll for morning mass throughout the city. Trinity College is an oasis of peace and beauty. Its campus is a mix of classical and contemporary buildings interspersed with elegant gardens.
History Of Trinity College
Originally set up in 1592 for the education of the protestant elite, Trinity opened its doors to Catholics in 1793. The college first admitted women to its courses in 1904. The majority of buildings on the Trinity campus date from the 18th century, when a significant building programme created the elegant yet understated look that is now synonymous with the Dublin university.
The Book of Kells
The most precious single item on the Trinity campus is undoubtedly the Book of Kells. The book is an illuminated manuscript from 800AD which is housed in the Old Library building of the university. The manuscript contains the four gospels of the New Testament. It is the imaginative use of figures and complex ornaments to highlight the first letter on a page that makes the Book Of Kells so special. Incredibly vivid and colourful even 1,200 years after they were drawn by monks, these illuminated letters have come to define much of what we know these days as Celtic style. A librarian turns over a new page of The Book Of Kells every day. If you come here for a year, you would get to see the entire manuscript! Alternatively, you can buy the Book Of Kells on DVD. It is a must have for anybody interested in graphic design, typography or medieval art.
The Old Library
Apart from the Book Of Kells, the Old Library is worth a visit for its magnificent Main Chamber. The 65 metres long hall houses 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books. With its ancient wooden shelves, alcoves and vaulted ceiling it looks just like a picture perfect library.
Dublin's newer visitor attraction is the Science Gallery, which opened its doors in February 2008 on two floors of the Naughton Institute on the Trinity College campus. Exhibitions typically feature hands on visitor participation and are great fun for kids and adults alike. Initially, Trinity College expected to attract 50,000 visitors to its newest public attraction in the first year. The Science Gallery proved more popular than expected, with some 120,000 curious sightseers flocking to its exhibitions.
Samuel Beckett Theatre
The Samuel Beckett Theatre is the campus theatre of Trinity College's Department of Drama. During term time, the theatre showcases works by the Department and its courses. In the summer months and during breaks, the theatre's stage hosts visiting dance and theatre companies from all over Europe, Japan and the United States. The Samuel Beckett Theatre also participates in the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival.