The Long Room In Trinity College: The Harry Potter Connection, Tours & History

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The Long Room in Trinity College is the source of heaps of wanderlust.

Why?

Well, it could be down to it’s uncanny resemblance to the library in the Harry Potter series.

Or maybe it’s the sheer number of beautiful old books that line its walls.

All I’ll say before we dive into the guide is that it’s well worth visiting.

Some quick facts about the Long Room

  • It was built between 1712 and 1732
  • The room stretches for an impressive 65 metres
  • It’s packed with 200,000 of the library’s oldest books.

The Long Room in Trinity College: Home of 200,000 Books

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A visit to the Long Room in Trinity College is hands-down one of the best things to do in Dublin.

The main chamber of the library is known as the Long Room.

This room stretches for an impressive 65 metres and is packed with 200,000 of the librarys oldest books.

200,000…

I’ll just let that sink in for a sec.

About the Long Room

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The Long Room was built between 1712 and 1732.

At the time, the ceiling was flat, and bookshelves could only be found on the lower level.

By the 1850s, the shelves were rammed with books.

So, in 1860, the roof of the library was raised to facilitate the construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper gallery bookcases that you can see in the photo above.

Busts and Books

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A collection of marble busts began in 1743 when 14 busts were commissioned from Peter Scheemakers, a renowned Flemish sculptor.

The busts depict many of the great philosophers and writers of the western world along with a number of men that were connected with the college.

Some of the other treasures that you can check out are:

  • One of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic
  • A harp that’s the oldest of its kind in Ireland (thought to date back to the 15th century)

The Trinity College Harry Potter Link

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This was one of the first articles ever published on this website.

Since then (and thanks to the page ranking in Google for ‘Trinity College Library Harry Potter’) I’ve been getting email after email from people asking whether or not the movie was shot here.

Although I wish there was a Trinity College Harry Potter link, there isn’t.

The Long Room just resembles the library used in the filming of the Harry Potter movies.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Trinity College Library

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I get a fair few questions about the Long Room each week into my inbox.

I’ve tried to answer as many as possible in the section below.

If you’ve a question that I haven’t answered, ask me in the comments section at the bottom of this guide.

How long is the Trinity College tour?

The tour lasts 35 minutes in total and takes in the four major squares of Trinity College. It gives visitors an insight into the college’s 400 year + history, its many buildings, their use, the college’s traditions and what life there is like today.

How many books are in the Long Room?

The Long Room is packed with 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. If you’ve yet to visit, you’re in for a treat – it’s one of the most impressive libraries in the world.

Was Trinity College Library used in Harry Potter?

Although the Long Room in Trinity College looks like a place in Hogwarts, it wasn’t used during the filming of the Harry Potter series.

Is the Book of Kells The oldest book in the world?

No. The Book of Kells was completed back in 800 AD, and is widely regarded as one of the oldest books in the world. There are, however, older books.

The Long Room Tour

if you fancy taking a tour of the Long Room, I strongly advise that you book online in advance.

I stood for 40 minutes queuing the last time that I visited when I could have booked online and waltzed straight in.

  • Adults: €11 – 14
  • Family ticket: €28
  • Concession ticket: €12
  • Group ticket: €11

Have you visited the library in Trinity College? Or are you planning to check it out on your visit? Let me know in the comments below!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, the Library is open to the public unless there is an event scheduled. We walked through it and explored the college. It is magnificent!

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