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Trinity College Dublin Tours

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Ireland’s prestigious academic institution, Trinity College Dublin sits in Dublin’s city center and boasts alumni including esteemed literary legends such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 for the exclusive use of Protestant men, the university now welcomes all religions and genders. Tourists from the world over come to wander the historic cobblestoned campus and see the Book of Kells, a prized medieval manuscript housed in the Trinity College Library.

The Basics
With its handsome Georgian and classical architecture, the Trinity College campus is a must-see for visitors to the Irish capital. Sightseers can tour the grounds independently or join a guided tour. Most walking tours of Dublin city center include Trinity College, along with other neighboring landmarks, such as the General Post Office (GPO), the Molly Malone Statue, and Dublin Castle. The campus is home to several standalone attractions including Dublin’s Science Gallery and the Zoological Museum, though the biggest crowd-pleaser is the Book of Kells in the Old Library, visitable for a small fee.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Much of Trinity’s campus is cobblestoned, so avoid wearing heels that may get caught in the crevices.
  • Lines of travelers looking to see the elaborate rows of books frequently form outside the Old Library. Book an entrance ticket in advance to skip the line, or sign up for an early-access guided tour to see the Book of Kells without the crowd.
  • As a large portion of the campus is open-air, bring an umbrella and waterproof layer in case of rain.
 
How to Get There
Trinity College is south of Dublin city center, near pedestrian-only Grafton Street. Take the Luas Green Line tram to Stephen’s Green, the Luas Red Line tram to Abbey Street, or the DART train to Dublin Pearse station. From all three, the walk to campus is less than 10 minutes.
 
When to Get There
Go early in the morning or in late afternoon to avoid the midday rush. If you plan on seeing the Book of Kells, buy a Trinity College Library ticket in advance or be prepared to wait in line. Student-led, 30-minute campus tours, which depart from the Main Gate, are available in summer.
 
View the Book of Kells
Trinity’s headline attraction is the illustrated ninth-century manuscript known as the Book of Kells. The illuminated manuscript of the four gospels was created by Irish monks, who painstakingly covered each page in elaborate and colorful Celtic-inspired imagery. Four pages from two volumes of the book are displayed in glass cabinets at Trinity College’s Old Library, which also contains an exhibition chronicling its creation and storied history.
Address: College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Admission: Free
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin CastleAttraction Tickets

Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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Historical Walking Tour of DublinFull-day Tours

Historical Walking Tour of Dublin

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Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided historical walking tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then see famous landmark locations beginning with Trinity College and moving on to Dublin Castle, Old Irish Parliament, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about Dublin’s medieval past. Also, gain entry to some of the city’s top buildings and courtyards.
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize your time in Ireland’s vibrant capital with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Discover Dublin’s spectacular sights and listen to entertaining commentary as you cruise around the capital. Whenever a landmark captures your attention, simply disembark to explore further; see attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and St. Stephen’s Green and then simply rejoin your bus tour at a time and stop that suits your schedule. Entry to the Little Museum and a Dublin walking tour are included with the bus ticket.
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

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Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2.5-hour, historical walking tour. See famous landmark locations like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about the city’s medieval past. Also, receive a discount at the Church, a popular café, bar, restaurant, club and tourist attraction rolled into one, and Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. A complimentary map of Dublin is included.
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Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Dublin at your own pace with Big Bus tour; your 24- to 72-hour ticket allows you to hop on and hop off whenever you like at more than 30 stops. Choose from two routes offered live or digital commentary that teaches you about Dublin's history and culture, and you also get access to a walking tour (with a 48-hour ticket) and included drinks at some bars and distilleries. Hop on and off as many times as you like to explore Dublin highlights at your leisure, such as St. Stephens Green, Croke Park, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, and others.
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(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hoursHalf-day Tours

(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours

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Short on time and want to see as much of Dublin as you can? This tour has you covered. In five hours, you'll see many of the city's top attractions, from Trinity College to Dublin Castle, along with a host of other important historical and cultural attractions along the way.
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Literary DublinHalf-day Tours

Literary Dublin

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Dublin is one of the world’s great literary cities, and on this private tour, you’ll get to follow in the footsteps of the city’s most famous writers, from Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett to James Joyce and Bram Stoker. Meet your guide at a time and place of your choosing and follow them to the city’s key literary haunts. Visit Trinity College’s beautiful library, stroll along St. Stephen’s Green, and sip a pint or other beverage in a pub once frequented by the city’s literary set.
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Full-day Private Dublin City Highlights Tour

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Discover Dublin’s historic landmarks and famous attractions on a private tour tailor-made for you. With a personal guide and private vehicle, enjoy a customized full-day tour and visit sights such as the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, or Malahide Castle; jump out to see Trinity College and St Patrick Cathedral; or escape the crowds in Phoenix Park or Howth village.
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Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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When your cruise ship docks, hit the streets on this sightseeing shore excursion that's perfect for everyone. Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during a popular hop-on, hop-off bus sighting tour. Discover the best of the Emerald Isle, including historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace. With 28 stops along the way--including the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse--this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing!
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Dublin Secret Food TourHalf-day Tours

Dublin Secret Food Tour

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Eat like a true Dubliner on this small-group Dublin food tour. With your guide, seek out authentic pubs, cafés, food shops, and markets, and savor Irish specialties including a traditional breakfast, artisanal cheeses, ice cream, and more. Pair your tastings with an Irish cream liqueur and another tipple, and admire some of Dublin’s hidden gems and learn about its culinary heritage as you eat and explore. Tour is limited to 12 or fewer.
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90 Minute Dublin Walking tour and Sightseeing tips

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The story of Dublin has taken many centuries to write, but that doesn’t mean it should take ages to see all the city has to offer. In roughly 90 minutes, walk through the cobbled streets of Dublin’s past and present and learn about the colorful events and characters that illustrate and give spirit to its long, proud heritage - from playwrights and whiskeys, to invasions, wars and world economic crises.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Dublin PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Dublin PRIVATE Tour

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Spend half a day exploring some of Dublin’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, as well as a selection of hidden gems you might otherwise overlook. Plus, gain a greater insight into each destination thanks to your local guide on this private tour, during which you can forget the busy group excursions and tackle the city’s sights at your own pace.
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Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on, Hop-off Tour

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Maximize a short stay in Dublin with easy and efficient hop-on hop-off bus transport and fast-track access to the Guinness Storehouse. See as much of the city as possible, and get familiar with key sights as you listen to live commentary on board the open-top bus, then avoid lines at one of the capital’s most popular, and therefore busy, attractions.
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Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes Tour

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Kickstart your visit to Dublin with this brief introductory tour led by a Dublin local, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the city. Visit some of the city’s best-known attractions, such as the Temple Bar district, listen to stories not all travelers get to hear, and get tailored recommendations from your private guide.
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Afternoon Tea TourBus Tours

Afternoon Tea Tour

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Combine a sightseeing tour of Dublin with afternoon tea served on a vintage double-decker bus. The itinerary includes famous landmarks such as the Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Wood Quay, O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, and others. See the sights while enjoying a cup of seasonal tea or coffee along with some delicacies.
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The Best Of Dublin Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

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Instead of burying your nose in a guidebook or trying to spot what the guide’s talking about from inside a crowded tour bus, don’t miss a thing as you discover Dublin by foot on this compact center-city walking tour. With a private guide by your side, discover the history of the city through its landmarks, from the age of Vikings to the present day. Visit historic and cultural landmarks like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and much more.
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My Streets Ireland- Dublin's Literary RoguesSustainable Tours

My Streets Ireland- Dublin's Literary Rogues

Every My Streets guide has experienced, or is experiencing, homelessness. They understand the streets that run through our towns better than anyone else. Paddy will take you on a tour of the lives and lived experiences of 'The Literary Rogues of Dublin'. Where they grew up, where why and what they wrote, the scraps they got into and the places they licked their wounds. Paddy weaves the lives of Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly and Patrick Kavanagh together with his own to form a social history of Dublin’s relationship with alcohol, banter and blighted genius. Balladeer, writer and actor Paddy sees parallels between himself and his subjects and his tour employs ribaldry, singing and literary analysis to carry an audience on an unforgettable journey through the streets of Dublin.
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Gangs of Dublin Walking TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Gangs of Dublin Walking Tour

Discover Dublin’s dark history during this small-group walking tour. Travel back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries when Dublin’s first gangs began to pop up and learn about the events that have occurred through the years. Pass landmarks such as Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, and Trinity College while your guide tells you of serial killers, political parties, and upper-class criminals who wants to further their agenda.
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'A Gorgeous Mask': Georgian Dublin Tour

Discover the history of Georgian Dublin on a half-day walking tour with your own private guide. Between 1690-1820, Dublin transformed into what became known as the ‘second city of the British Empire.’ See the era's architectural heritage and gain insight into its people as you take in landmarks such as the Georgian House Museum, Trinity College Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Castle, and the Famine Memorial.
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Dublin Luxury Small-Group Tour including St Patrick's CathedralHalf-day Tours

Dublin Luxury Small-Group Tour including St Patrick's Cathedral

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Maximize time in Dublin with this small-group driving tour, covering both the north and south sides of the River Liffey. Learn about Ireland’s history from a local guide as you see Dublin landmarks including Trinity College, the General Post Office, and Merrion Square. Entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral is included in the tour.
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Essential Private Dublin walking tour for up to 5 people

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Explore a good mix of top attractions and off-the-beaten-path sights with this private, guided tour of Dublin. Your local guide will meet you at The Spire and take you to attractions such as Trinity College, Tempe Bar, and the Garden of Remembrance. You'll finish your tour off with a visit to Dublin Castle.
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My Streets Ireland- Amit on Emmet

Every My Streets guide has experienced, or is experiencing, homelessness. They understand the streets that run through our towns better than anyone else. Amit on Emmet is a reflection on the wonderful life of the young Irish patriot, Robert Emmet, as seen through the eyes of an Indian migrant. Relive early 1800’s Dublin with tales of rockets, pikes, betrayal, drunkenness, romance and ingenious failures. Learn about the obstacles overcome by Robert Emmet on his path towards the god like death of a martyr and learn about the obstacles overcome by Amit on the winding road to becoming a professional tour guide of Dublin city. Starting from the front gates of Trinity and ending at St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, this unique tour will leave you reflecting on the poverty of all prior tourism experiences!!!
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The Dublin Saunter Tour

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Expert Led Tour of Dublin's HistoryHalf-day Tours

Expert Led Tour of Dublin's History

Walk through Dublin with a local historian to develop a deeper understanding of Ireland’s history and culture. Starting at The Gresham Hotel, we’ll visit historic statues and monuments to discuss their impact on Dublin. We’ll visit the O’Connell Bridge and notice the shift from the older parts of the city to the newest part of the city, also known as the ‘Silicon Docks’. We’ll conclude the walk at Christ Church Cathedral where we'll learn about the key player in the Norman conquest of Ireland. •Visit iconic sites in Dublin such as Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and Christ Church Cathdral •Explore the transition from old Dublin to the new, more modern neighborhoods •Possibly stop by the iconic Temple Bar!
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Trinity College Dublin hours of operation: Hours vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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