Dublin

The Long Room

Stepping into this vast book-lined room is like walking onto the set of a movie, so grand is its scale and setting. Indeed, sci-fi buffs may well recognise the room's resemblance to the Jedi Archives from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Around 200,000 antiquarian tomes adorn the Long Room's double-storey open shelves which stretch almost 65m in length. Built between 1712-63, and featuring a stunning 12.6m high timber barrel vaulted ceiling, the room also contains rows of marble busts - including one of writer and Dean Johnathan Swift - and Ireland's oldest harp, the c.15th Century Brian Boru. Named after the high king of Ireland who died in 1014, the harp is a symbol of Ireland and the same one that appears on Irish coins. Also on display is one of only a few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Changing exhibitions add to the Long Room's creative charm and visitor appeal.

Amenities

City centre location

Website

Open

The Long Room opening hours are the same as those for The Book of Kells and admission covers both.

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