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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

  • 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 
Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle
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08:45am Tour
This 8:45am tour starts by delving into the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation/symbolism, and is followed by a fully guided engaging medieval walking tour of Dublin Castle.
8:15 Departure
This tour starts by delving into the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation/symbolism, and is followed by a fully guided engaging medieval walking tour of Dublin Castle.
3pm Tour
This tour starts with an external visit to Dublin Castle and concludes with a visit to the Book of Kells.
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Avoid waiting in long lines at the Book of Kells—one of the most important highlights of Irish heritage dating back to the ninth century—with this early-access tour. Meet at the easy-to-find Trinity College in central Dublin, and set off listening to the elaborate history from a guide who unlocks secret mysteries of the book. End your tour at Dublin Castle where your guide dives even deeper into Irish culture and heritage.
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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Worth the time!

As new visitors to Dublin, we wanted to be sure to see as much of the highlights as possible and this tour fit the bill. It was an easy few hours through some wonderful sights, with the Book of Kells being the most fantastic. I...More

Thank G4874CQkarend
Reviewed 6 days ago
Superb tour includes walk to Dublin Castle, early access to Book of Kells, Old Libary Long Room at Trinity College

Our excellent guide Brian Molloy led our group through 4 hours of fascinating history from Trinity College through select streets to Dublin Castle. We had no line-up entering the Book of Kells exhibit, before going up one floor to the Long Room of the Library....More

Thank cmjjrn
Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil is an excellent guide - good tour, magnificent library. But be prepared to walk!

Phil is a former student and extremely knowledgeable. He first led us into the Book of Kells exhibit, pointing our features of the Library as well. After a brief break, we toured the Trinity College campus and then walked to Dublin Castle for a very...More

1  Thank Graces
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Informative tour at Trinity and Dublin Castle

This was an informative tour. It was a tad longer than expected - about three hours and a couple miles of walking. Our tour guide Neil was very informative and had interesting stories to tell. Trinity is a beautiful school with lots of history. The...More

Thank CatieMac22222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Neil was a superlative guide!

Not only did we get in to see the Book of Kells before the unruly mobs, our tour guide Neil was a true delight. He made the 3 hour tour of Trinity (Book of Kells, Library and campus), Dublin town, and Dublin Castle simply wonderful....More

Thank nguina13
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Mary R
11 July 2018|
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Response from Val_Putnam_County | Reviewed this property |
the tour runs between 2;30 and 3 hours. It covers much more than the Book of Kels.. You get the visit the Trinity Library and campus, then a walk through several points of interest in Dublin. we felt it was time well spent.
Cristi L
29 May 2018|
Response from Renee W | Reviewed this property |
We walked around the outside and went into one room. I'm not sure why, maybe we weren't allowed to see more of the interior.
Katie L
29 May 2018|
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Response from Subbu2014 | Reviewed this property |
Plan you time and get assistance if needed