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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 
  • 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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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.
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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's exterior.
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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.
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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 2 June 2019 via mobile

Tour Guide Tony was great. Obviously enjoyed his job and very informative. Good pace of tour and well oganized.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Tim T
Reviewed 1 June 2019

I debated about whether to get tickets from the university or pay the extra and do this tour and my wife and I were glad we chose this tour. Our group was first to the book of Kells and got an amazing amount of time...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 30 May 2019

We did the first tour of the day and it did allow us to be the first into the hall where the Book of Kells is kept and have a few seconds to view the two pages that are currently displayed. The room soon became...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank jimlU4998RJ
Reviewed 26 May 2019

Phil was a wonderful and informative guide. Tour start was delayed by 2 hours because of some problem at the College, which meant it was crowded and access to the Book of Kells was chaotic. But overall the experience was worthwhile. Certainly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Kenneth R
Reviewed 26 May 2019

Our tour guide Neil was outstanding!!! He was incredibly charming and informative with the most delightful sense of humor. He also gave us great suggestions for dining and further touring. Just waiting in line for the Book of Kells could take up an entire day....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Lbd1252
11 June 2019|
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Response from Mickle_10 | Reviewed this property |
I think ours was about 14
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Response from LLR_RHR | Reviewed this property |
Truly you should ask the tour company. Early tour is noted to avoid the crowds which we took. Also the time of year can have make a difference.
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HoCo180
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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.
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