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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

From US$56.42
  • 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
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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle
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8:15am DepartureMost Popular
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.
From US$50.66
09:15am Tour
This 9:15am 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.
From US$56.42
3:00pm Departure
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.
Reviews (282)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Lovely and Thorough Tour with a Great Guide

What a wonderful and thorough tour. Neil was extremely knowledgeable about everything we visited. He was extremely friendly, made numerous jokes and movie/literary references, and was able to answer any questions we had. A lot of the information he gave us was not included in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank expandingthehorizons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Well Worth It, Even on a Blustery December Day

Skipping the line to the Book of Kells was well worth it. The books are old and small so being able to peer into them at length in an uncrowded area was the best. The tour guide was knowledgeable, funny, gregarious. He explained the many...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ex_WorldTraveler_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nice library

The most impressive "thing" of this tour for me was the library, which looks pretty cool! I have to admit that I was a bit "disappointed" about the book of Kells - it is an old book and I am sorry to say, but it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 563silkez
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Don't miss it!

We took the walking tour with Neil on a cold December's day. It was funny, informative and well worth while. Neil is a genuine Dublin character (intelligent, well read and gregarious) and adds so much to the tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ComeVisitIreland
Reviewed 23 December 2018
Don't miss out!

Phil was our guide and not only knowledgeable but a great sense of humor. He looked after every one of us and was so considerate of my sister who has some disabilities with walking. This is a so worth it tour and the Book of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank LLR_RHR
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11 February 2019|
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Response from Monica M | Reviewed this property |
When I was there at the end of October we had 12 in our group.
18 October 2018|
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Response from LatinWarrior | Reviewed this property |
Tour is just around and hour.
Linda D
9 October 2018|
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Response from Subbu2014 | Reviewed this property |
Ring the company that you booked it with and see you can get a refund back. Make sure they can help. Sorry to hear this get well soon and hope can go to Dublin when you feel ready best wishes