You’ll be bowled over by this building’s age and its architecture – and the feeling that you’ve stepped into a film

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Trinity College

The oldest university in Ireland

Although it is not actually one of the filming locations, the University of Dublin’s Trinity College looks as if it could have come straight out of the Harry Potter saga, with its ancient and mysterious appearance. Considered to be Ireland’s oldest university – the first students attended there in 1592, in what was then the outskirts of Dublin – and with Anglican leanings, it is in the architectural mould of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It sits in College Green, close to the building which housed the Irish Parliament and surrounded by 19 hectares of green campus, with faculty buildings, student residences and sports fields. It has one of the best libraries in the country, made up of four and a half million titles, with manuscripts dating from the 9th century – like the mythical Book of Kells, written by Celtic monks. Despite its great history and reputation, the College did not take in female students until the year 1904.

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