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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

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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 
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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.
US$52.64
3:00pm Departure
This tour starts with an external visit to Dublin Castle and concludes with a visit to the Book of Kells.
US$52.64
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.
US$52.64
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Overview
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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Not as advertised

What early access? What about viewing at our "own pace"? Please know what you're getting with this overpriced tour. We stood with our guide for 47 minutes in the rain before being let in to see the book. We waited in line with everyone else....More

Thank Explorer381872
Reviewed 2 days ago
Tour Trinity College, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle

Neil McCourt with LetzGo Tours was fantastic. He was knowledgeable about Dublin and Ireland history and artifacts contained in Trinity College and history of Book of Kells. Walking tour to Dublin castle was great. He gave us plenty of time to explore. Great sense of...More

Thank gj0703
Reviewed 1 week ago
Book of Kells Early Acces Tour with Dublin Castle

We got early access, and by the time we were leaving it was nearly impossible to get a good look otherwise. Lots of good extra advice on pubs, restaurants, additional sights to take in from our guide Neil.

Thank Inspiration656921
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Quick-paced tour of the Book of Kells

Although we were two minutes late, Neil allowed us to join in the tour. We had a short amount of time to see the Book of Kells and the exhibition. What we did see was illuminating! It was unfortunate that we were not allowed to...More

Thank Rita V
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very informative

The guide was excellent. We learned about the Book of Kells as we viewed it. We then went for a stroll trough the streets as the guide provided information about Dublin. We ended at the Dublin Castle. The guide was excellent and we learned much...More

Thank Kathryn W
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HopeAbounds
19 September 2018|
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Response from Karen P | Reviewed this property |
In general most sites in Dublin are not friendly to those who are mobility challenged. Two exceptions are the newest - Guinness brewery tour, Jameson whiskey tasting tour.
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Lisa C
10 September 2018|
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Response from SelahPhotos | Reviewed this property |
We were ready to enter the building by 8:30 a.m. It was about a 2 hour walking tour.
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YS_2009
10 September 2018|
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Response from Gordon C | Reviewed this property |
The books are under glass. The display room gets/got quite crowded quickly even though we had 'early' access. The tour guide kept the group on time and on schedule, as the book of kells exhibit was only one of the stops on... More
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