The essential stop on any visit to Dublin, on this private tour you will explore the world renowned Book of Kells with one of our expert guides in the equally famous Trinity College Library. Here you will also visit the hugely authmospheric ‘Long Room’ of the Library with its ancient manuscripts providing all the senses with a palpable feeling of the past learning and tradition within these walls.
You will learn about the contents of the book, where it came from and it’s Christian roots. The Book of Kells was produced during complex social and religious times and you will learn about how these influenced the artistic design of the book and the religious significance.
`The ancient Gaelic scripts used and the materials employed, in colours and vellums, will all be discussed. The scribes and their processes are brought to life in understand language that will bring the pages alive.
The themes and narratives employed in the book are presented as you walk through the exhibition. The context of the Book of Kells and how it survived, including its significance in contemporary Irish culture is the closing part of the tour. This is truly a national treasure of remarkable significance and antiquity.
Finishing with the book, you then ascend to the Long Room of Trinity College Dublin’s orgiginal library building. Here the athmosphere is the first impact you will encounter. You will literally step into the past. The unique system for organising the book shelves is explained along with the historic artifacts contained in the Long Room.
From the significance of Brian Boru’s harp to the secrets contained in one of the surviving copies of the Irish Declaration of Independance read out on the steps of the G.P.O. in the 1916 Rising you guide will lead you expertly through these halls.