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Trinity College

Trinity College offers a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and it is one ivory tower you’d be happy to be trapped in for a long time.

Ireland's most prestigious university was founded by Elizabeth I in 1592 in the hope of offering Dublin’s sons a reason to pursue their studies at home, away from the infectious threat of popery on the continent.

Today it is a venerable seat of learning that attracts students from all over the globe as well as international visitors who come to enjoy the relaxing greens, admire the architecture, take in the history and be astounded by what is possibly the world's most famous book. Housed within the college is the beautifully illustrated medieval manuscript that is a true labour of love: the Book of Kells.

Visitors can come and go in the college grounds pretty much as they please and there's no charge to wander around but, let’s face it, you are going to want to see the Book and we recommend you take a student-led walking tour to hear all the anecdotes that the college has accumulated, and, with alumni like the sharp-tongued satirist Jonathan Swift, the flamboyant wit Oscar Wilde and the existential dramatist Samuel Beckett, there are plenty of stories to share.

The buildings themselves are visual narratives, with Georgian squares fringed by statues and Regency splendour. The shock of the brutalist Berkeley Library, and other modern masterpieces from the architectural genius of Paul Koralek, do something to get you into the right frame of mind for the delights in the Douglas Hyde Gallery of Modern Art.

Trinity is, without a doubt, another world entirely in the heart of Dublin. Dip in and dip out of it as often as you please: you’ll be rewarded every time.


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Temple Bar Hotel £137
Temple Bar Hotel

Temple Bar Hotel

13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and Ha' Penny Bridge are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road £106
    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

    Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Stephen's Green, Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Charlemont Station is 10 minutes by foot and Harcourt Street Station is 13 minutes.

      Arran Quay - Ardcairn House - Campus Accommodation £50
      Arran Quay - Ardcairn House - Campus Accommodation

      Arran Quay - Ardcairn House - Campus Accommodation

      8 Grangegorman Lower, Arran Quay, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Old Jameson Distillery, Phoenix Park and Four Courts. Vicar Street and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Smithfield Station is 7 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 10 minutes.

        Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin £166
        Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

        Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

        23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Garden of Remembrance and Parnell Square are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

          The Morgan Hotel £150
          The Morgan Hotel

          The Morgan Hotel

          10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 15 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 6 minutes.

            Trinity City Hotel £145
            Trinity City Hotel

            Trinity City Hotel

            Pearse Street, Dublin, Dublin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College, O'Connell Bridge, and The Book of Kells. The Spire and Custom House are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Busaras Station is 9 minutes.

              The Fleet £117
              The Fleet

              The Fleet

              19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and The Spire are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

                Academy Plaza Hotel £98
                Academy Plaza Hotel

                Academy Plaza Hotel

                10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from O'Connell Street and Gate Theatre. Dublin Writers Museum and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Busaras Station is 10 minutes.