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Trinity College and the Book of Kells
The Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a highlight on the Dublin tour. Located in the heart of the city, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College will take you back to the 18th century, when the impressive Old Library building was constructed. Inside, you will find the Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous the world over. Known for its remarkable decoration, it contains the four Gospels in Latin, written on prepared calfskin, known as 'vellum'. The Book of Kells is generally thought to have come from the scriptorium of a monastery founded around 561 by St Colum Cille on the island of Iona. In 806, following a Viking raid, the Columban monks took refuge in a new monastery at Kells, County Meath. It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin since the mid 19th century, and attracts more than 500,000 visitors a year.
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The Irish Museum of Modern Art
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland’s most prestigious authority on the collection and presentation of all modern and contemporary art. It is housed in the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, which is thought to be the most beautiful 17th-century building in Dublin, reflecting the style of the Parisian infirmary Les Invalides, with a formal façade and big courtyard. So, for those of you who love art, the IMMA will not let you down.
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Astonishingly, Dublin zoo is extremely old, having been founded in 1835, and in 2011 it celebrated the highest number of visitors in one year ever – with over 1 million guests passing through its gates into its 28 hectares of parkland, lakes and wonderful natural habitats.
The Chocolate Warehouse
The Chocolate Warehouse was founded in 2002. School groups can discover the history and mystery of chocolate in a hands-on experience that is certain to stimulate the senses. Take part in a two-hour workshop and learn about the history of chocolate and its journey from a cocoa bean in the forest to the factory where it is turned into a yummy scrummy chocolate bar. The real fun begins when you get to give chocolate making a go for yourself.
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Although Dublin Castle has been around since the Norman period, most of what you see today was built in the 18th century. Dublin Castle may be old but it is still in use today and serves an important role in Irish politics as the seat of the Presidential inauguration. It is also used to host official visits and foreign affair conventions.
Irish House Party
Harness the Irish spirit and get stuck in at the Irish House Party where you and your groups will be introduced to traditional Irish music and dancing by two of the performers from the award-winning Irish House Party show. It is an intimate experience where students learn about Irish music and dancing, and get a chance to try some Irish dancing and interact with the hosts.