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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.
  • 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
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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 today

First off...I hope you get the tour guide Brian! He was fantastic. Second: you get to see the Book of Kells before everyone else! Enough said! That alone was reason enough for the tour for me. No CROWDS!!! But it gets better, our wonderful guide...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SnootyOne1
Reviewed today

Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and I was able to see the book of Kells with almost no on else in the room together with a mini tour of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Worth every penny.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Roderic B
Reviewed today via mobile

Woke up to light rain in Dublin but headed out with umbrellas and proper raingear for our early morning Book of Kells tour with Brian. So glad we did! Brian was a wealth of knowledge regarding Trinity college and shared the incredible history surrounding Book...More

Thank Monica G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Tour guide Anne was fantastic. Knowledgeable, friendly, witty. Made it all worthwhile. Book of Kells seen without the crowds. It’s a fabulous treasure.More

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

Hi Sabino, thank you so much for a great review. Anne is one of our passionate local guides who is dedicated to immersing our tour guests in the best tour experience full of compelling narrative and interactive storytelling offering incredible insights into our history, culture...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a 2.5 hour tour that involves a good bit of walking outdoors. Nathan was a very knowledge tour guide and provided a good overview of Irish history. We had a lot of rain so it was not pleasant once we left the Book...More

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

Dear Renee, thank you so much for your positive review and your comments regarding our local expert Guide Nate. We work with the most talented and inspiring local guides. Our Guides include university academics, archaeologists, museum curators, senior 3rd Level students, artists, actors, writers and...More

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Paul G
12 October 2019|
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Response from Susan G | Reviewed this property |
You don't have to go to the statue; you can leave the tour at any point, but you cannot return to the library without buying another ticket and there could be a long line. You might be able to remain in the library for a... More
16 September 2019|
Response from stemlex | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. You will need to check with the tour company.
21 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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