Trinity College Dublin, the Medieval University of Dublin

Trinity College – Coláiste na Tríonóide

Trinity College is a pleasant 5-minute walk from Dublin Citi Hotel. When you leave the hotel, you simply take a left and walk for 5 minutes, and you will see the college as you approach. Dublin Citi Hotel would be one of the closest hotels to Trinity College. 

History of Trinity College

Trinity College (Irish: Coláiste na Tríonóide), founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and officially the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth in Dublin. It is the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin, a research university located in Dublin, Ireland.

Trinity College

The Library of Trinity College is a legal deposit library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 6.2 million printed volumes and significant quantities of manuscripts, including the Book of Kells.

The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Accordingly, a 9th-century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.

What are the opening hours of Trinity College? 

It is open every day 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dublin Citi Hotel is  5 minutes walk from Trinity College Dublin. 

Do you have to pay to visit the Book of Kells? 

  • You can purchase tickets online or buy them at the entrance to The Book of Kells.
  • Adults €11-14
  • Family €28
  • Concession €11
  • Groups €10

How long will it take to visit Trinity College & The Book of Kells? 

Depending on the time of year you visit there can be long queues to visit The Book of Kells, you can spend as like as you like visiting the college. It is a vast campus with plenty to see and do. 

Trinity College

 Additional Historical information

  •  Originally Trinity was established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the outlawed Catholic Augustinian Priory of All Hallows. Trinity College was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland, and as a result, was the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history.
  • While Catholics were admitted from 1793 certain restrictions on membership of the college remained as professorships, fellowships and scholarships were reserved for Protestants. These restrictions were lifted by Act of Parliament in 1873.
  • However, from 1871 to 1970, the Catholic Church in Ireland, in turn, forbade its adherents from attending Trinity College without permission. Women were first admitted to the college as full members in January 1904
  • Trinity College is now surrounded by central Dublin and is located on College Green, opposite the historic Irish Houses of Parliament. The college proper occupies 190,000 m2 (47 acres), with many of its buildings ranged around large quadrangles (known as ‘squares’) and two playing fields.

 Early history

 The first University of Dublin (known as the Medieval University of Dublin and unrelated to the current university) was created by the Pope in 1311, and had a Chancellor, lecturers and students (granted protection by the Crown) over many years, before coming to an end at the Reformation.

 Buildings and grounds                                            

  • The main college grounds are approximately 190,000 m2 (47 acres), including the Trinity College Enterprise Centre nearby, and buildings account for around 200,000 m²
  •  The western side of the college is older, featuring the iconic Campanile, as well as many fine buildings, including the Chapel and Examination Hall (designed by Sir William Chambers), Graduates Memorial Building, Museum Building, and the Rubrics, all spread across College’s five squares.
  •  The Provost’s House sits a little way up from the College Front Gate such that the House is actually on Grafton Street, one of the two principal shopping streets in the city, while its garden faces into the college.
  • The eastern side of the college is occupied by Science buildings, most of which are modern developments, arranged in three rows instead of quadrangles. In 2010, Forbes ranked it as one of the 15 most beautiful college grounds in the world.

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