Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin

Explore Trinity College on New Tour

Trinity Trails is a new guided and self-guided walking tour that will enable visitors to explore Trinity College and find out more about one of Ireland’s most iconic universities.

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The Campanile building on the Trinity College campus. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

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A huge campus filled with leafy squares, cobblestoned paths, and historic buildings is unknown to many visitors who want to explore Trinity College and its popular attraction The Book of Kells.

The new in-person guided and the multimedia self-guided walking tour covers the college’s 47-acre site, bringing the school’s elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture to life, as well as uncovering its 400-year-old history.

Key points of interest along the guided trail include the college’s Old Anatomy Museum, the Museum Building, as well as the Rose Garden and Zoological Museum.

Visitors who take the self-guided tour will have access to an immersive 360o augmented reality experience, with the opportunity to engage with two of the Zoological Museum’s most precious artifacts.

They include the skeleton of Prince Tom the Royal Elephant, a celebrity of the Victorian age, and the Great Auk, a large flightless bird that became extinct in 1844.

The Trinity Trails tour ends at The Old Library, where visitors can see the Book of Kells and the Old Library exhibition.

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The image of the Virgin and Child in the Book of Kells manuscript is one of the attractions you can see on a Trinity Trails tour. Photo: Failte Ireland.

The beautifully illuminated Gospel manuscript is one of Ireland's greatest cultural treasures.

Its barrel-vaulted Long Room library houses over 200,000 ancient books, which are currently being removed for a special conservation project.

It  is one of the most photographed places in Dublin.

You can also enjoy the college’s recently re-wilded front lawns that contain about 30 species of wildflowers as well as the hundreds of trees on the site that help create a green oasis in the heart of Dublin.

Trinity College is also a popular filming location.

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Bikes parked at Trinity College in Dublin. Photo: Jann Huizenga for Getty Images Signature.

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It was used in the film Normal People and more recently in the current TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel, Conversations with Friends.

Trinity Trails tickets can be booked on the Trinity College website.

The price of the guided tour is €15 for one adult and €50 for a family of four (including two children under 16).

Self-guided tours can be accessed on the Visit Trinity app, which is available on iPhone and Android devices.

Visitors to Trinity — and Dublin — can also enjoy affordable overnight stays in the heart of the campus.

Heritage bedrooms are available to book throughout the summer months and include apartments that sleep up to six, with a hearty breakfast available in The Buttery Café.

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