423. Trinity College

What is Trinity College?

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the seven ancient universities of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The library at Trinity College attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year as it is home to several important artefacts: the Book of Kells, an illustrated copy of the gospels that was moved to the college in 1661 for safekeeping; a rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic; and a 15th-century wooden harp, which is the model for the emblem of Ireland and the Guinness logo. 

What is Trinity College like? 

Trinity College is the heart of Dublin, both in terms of its location but also in the tone it sets for the city. The college buildings around the green are truly beautiful, while the Long Room in the college library is a showstopper for its elegance and appreciation of words, art and learning. 

Where is Trinity College

Dublin, Ireland

When did we go? 

June 2023

How did we get there? 

We flew into Dublin and walked from our hotel in the city centre to Trinity College. We also hired a car and drove out to Brú na Bóinne (265), which is only 30 minutes from Dublin Airport. 

Worth noting:

Most tourists in Dublin will visit the Book of Kells and the Guinness Storehouse but there's a lot more that people really need to see. The GPO Museum was fantastic and Kilmainham Gaol Museum was also recommended.

What was Trinity College's position in the 2015 edition of the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List?

468. It went up 45 places in the new edition.

Does Trinity College deserve its place in the 2020 top 500?

Yes - and I would have put it higher up than Christ Church (314) in Oxford.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College library