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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

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Discover one of the most important highlights of Irish heritage on this early access fully guided tour. You will explore the 9th Book of Kells' rich ornamentation, multi-layered symbolism and meaning. It is known for its world-renowned artistry, as well as its many hidden secrets and mysteries dating back to the 800 AD. This early access tour offers visitors an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy the exhibition experience without the hustle and bustle of large crowds. Next, continue on this fascinating walking tour to explore the 13th century Dublin Castle and Gardens along medieval streets located within the original city walls of Dublin. Enjoy the history of Ireland and Dublin dramatized in extraordinary stories narrated by expert english speaking local guides.
Highlights
  • Beat the usual crowds with early access to the Book of Kells
  • Scan the Book of Kells at your own pace, without being rushed 
  • Hear hidden mysteries and secrets about the book from the guide 
  • Tour Trinity College’s library and Dublin Castle, learning about each spot 
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your busy sightseeing schedule
What to Expect
Your tour of the Book of Kells, Trinity College’s library, and Dublin Castle meets in the front of Trinity College in central Dublin. First your guide takes you through the college’s library, exploring the area known as the Long Room that's lined with books and statue busts of famous masters of science, literature, and art. Afterward, it’s on to the Book of Kells exhibit, where you beat the crowds and head in right away. Hear a detailed rundown of the book and why it’s so important to Irish culture. Once you reach the actual book, take as long as you’d like to look over its pages. Your last stop for this tour is Dublin Castle. Walk around the grounds and the gardens as you learn more about Emerald Isle culture. Your tour ends at the Castle, close to public transport and other fun areas to explore.
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Departure Point
Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Tour is led by an expert english speaking local guide
  • Entry to the College Treasury to view the 9th Century Book of Kells
  • Entry to the Oldest Vaulted Library in Europe
  • Visit to the 16th Century Trinity College campus
  • Entry to "Turning Darkness into Light" Exhibition
  • Exterior tour of the13th Century Dublin Castle
  • Visit to the Dublin Castle Victorian Gardens
  • Visit the first 9th century Viking landing spot in Dublin
  • Entry/Admission - The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
  • Entry/Admission - Trinity College Dublin
  • Entry/Admission - Dublin Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Molly Malone Statue
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Transportation
  • Interior visit to Dublin Castle
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Anybody under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by somebody aged 18 years or older.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves walking, including over uneven surfaces, cobblestones, hills, inclines, declines and stairs.
  • Participants should be in good health - consult first with your doctor if you have any medical condition or are not used to regular exercise.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

Great guide and very knowledgeable. Brian was our guide and he kept us all very interested. We had an amazing tour.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Penny C
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a really great and informative tour. I believe Brian was our guide and he did a great job. He shared lots of info with us when walking around Trinity, Dublin, and the castle. Definitely plan on about 3 hours though. We had about...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Asmodel2
Ciaran C, Guest Relations Manager at LetzGo City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your comments. Our Skip the Line tours are really appreciated by our guests as you get to see all the top Dublin attractions without wasting precious vacation time in line while be led by our expert local English...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nial told us lots of history and great stories while keeping track of all of us in the busy streets of Dublin. We appreciated the fact that he did Dublin castle and Molly Malone started first, so when we got to Book of Kell's it...More

Thank ChrisandChas
Ciaran C, Guest Relations Manager at LetzGo City Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Chrisan, thank-you for your wonderful review. Our guests truly do appreciate the Skip the Line inclusion in our tours especially at Dublin's top attractions. We look forward to seeing you soon again in one of our other choice cities where we operate. Best Regards,

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brian was great at getting large group straight in to viewing area. Our walk around Dublin was full of information. Recommend booking the early morning tour as you miss a very long line.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Deanna M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Frankie was an OUTSTANDING guide. He was knowledgeable , passionate and witty. He clearly loves his country’s history and is a great storyteller. He has quite the singing voice too.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Asmodel2
20 August 2019|
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Response from elke0604 |
I think it's possible. We did the same thing, though we went 1st thing in the morning (early entry). It might be tighter once the day is going.
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WisconsinChippy
4 August 2019|
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Response from Glennpatrizio | Reviewed this property |
Our tour started at 8 am and you meet at the front of Trinity College
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Lingyun2019
3 August 2019|
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Response from digram |
Count on about 2 hours - they move you through the Kells exhibit very quickly, but you then go to see the Long room which is amazing as well - plus some other sites near by. We stayed with the guide for a while afterwards... More
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