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

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour
  • Enjoy early access to Trinity College Library and see the Book of Kells without the crowds
  • Learn about the artistry, meaning, and symbolism of this revered illuminated manuscript from an expert guide
  • Tour the grounds of Dublin Castle, hearing fascinating stories of its years as a prison, military fortress, and the seat of English Administration in Ireland

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the Book of Kells without the crowds with early-access admission to the Trinity College Library.
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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
From 4 Nov 2019 to early March 2020 the Book will be replaced by the only approved Fine Arts version
Transportation
Interior visit to Dublin Castle
Trinity College Dublin , College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tour departs from: The Main Front Gate at Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2. Meet your guide between the iron railings and the large wooden doors.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LetzGo City Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "It is worth the investment to skip the lines because even the "limited" lines were LONG." See review
  • "Remember to always have the umbrella at hand in Ireland." See review
  • "Infact we were the first group to get access and it was well worth getting up early for this event." See review

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star-3
Not worth the money - but nice staff.
Christian_M
, Nov 2021
Antonio our tour guide was very nice, but the tour itself was a bit deceiving. It was more of a walking tour (which is totally fine), but did NOT include any 'skip the line' options as was promised. Additionally, there were other spots that we stopped at that I wish we had been told of so we could've prepared other activities, tours, etc. appropriately. Most of what we did could be done on our own with no guide needed.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Christia, there's absolutely nothing deceiving about our tour. Our tour is indeed a walking tour. This is the only way to see the main historical and cultural highlights of Dublin's medieval city. Our tour offers visitors the very valued advantage of not waiting or wasting precious vacation time, in a ticket line. Our tour tickets are all prepaid affording our groups the fastest access to see the magnificent Book of Kells and Old Library, the longest vaulted library in Europe. We see that your group entered the venue immediately, so we are not sure where else you waited in line. Perhaps you are getting our tour mixed up with some other activity you did independently as all our tour stops are listed on our tour description. 10,000's of guests have rated this tour as one of the best tours in Ireland, offering a fully guided tour with incredible tour narration and stories told by an expert local tour guide who can provide the most incredible tour experience for visitors to Ireland so much so, that our tour guests have shared with us that they have experienced and saw so much on our tour, much more that they could have done on their own. Antonio is one of our local guides who is passionate and engaging, driven to offer the best tour experience for our tour groups every time. Regarding your last comment absolutely, in lots of aspects of life pretty much everything can be done independently however there are times such as when you travel that its important to be guided by an expert hence why we are rated one of the very top premium Tour Operators in Ireland. Our tours led by expert local guides make sure that you're not just looking at our cultural highlights but finding out everything about them through the art of Irish storytelling bringing your tour experience into the realm of the extraordinary. Best Regards from all the Team
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star-5
Enjoy the ‘wow’
MARYANNE_M
, Nov 2021
Just want to say that Neil McCourt, our guide was so fun and informative. He obviously loved what he was doing and was able to bring that infectious feeling of excitement to the whole tour. The ‘wow’ moment, as he says was just that. Thank you Neil
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star-5
Sort summary of history linked to book of Kells
Marion_A
, Nov 2021
The guide where on time and irish. Had a good mix of fun stories and knowledge of Trinity college, other buildings we passes nearby, the book of Kells and viking history closely linked to Dublin and the sites on the walk.
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star-5
The guide was very nice...
Lucie_R
, Nov 2021
The guide was very nice and passionate about what he was presenting. He told us very interesting and fun facts about Trinity, the Library and Dublin in general. 100% would do it again
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star-5
More than expected
Angie_S
, Oct 2021
This tour was one of my favorites while in Dublin. Neil our guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He engaged with everyone in the tour like we were old friends. Her sang at the statue of Milly Malone. Shows us shops we would t normally find on our own. The book of Kells and the library were awe inspiring. Truly would do the tour again.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Angie, thank you for your 5-star review. We really appreciate you reviewing the tour and letting other visitors know that we offer premium tours guided and narrated by passionate local guides who for the past 6 years have made us an award-winning tour Operator throughout Ireland. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our tours in Galway, Killarney, Cork, Kilkenny, and Waterford. Best Regards, From all the Team at LetzGo City Tours
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star-5
Neil was fantastic. He...
Janis_W
, Oct 2021
Neil was fantastic. He shared a wealth of information. Trinity Library is a must see. I recommend this tour to everyone. Sign up!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Janis, thank you for your 5-star review. We really appreciate you reviewing the tour and letting other visitors know that we offer premium tours guided and narrated by passionate local guides who for the past 6 years have made us an award-winning tour Operator throughout Ireland. Neil is one of the best guides in Ireland. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our tours in Galway, Killarney, Cork, Kilkenny, and Waterford. Best Regards, From all the Team at LetzGo City Tours
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star-5
Definitely recommend!!!
Michael_M
, Sep 2021
Neil was super awesome Friendly, knowledgeable and really ensured we had a great time on both tours A+++++
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Michael, thank you for your 5-star review. Our guides are well known in Dublin and Ireland as being the best and Neil is no exception. We believe that the tour experience is very much brought to life by the passion, knowledge, narration, and storytelling ability of a Guide and of course great fun. We strive to deliver all these elements which our guests have been raving about for the past 6 years. Our Guinness & Whiskey TOur has been rated one of the best tours in Ireland. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again on one of our many tours throughout Europe.
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star-5
Great tour!
Telesia_O
, Sep 2021
Wonderful tour! Guide Neil McCourt provided a wealth of information that really made our experience in Dublin richer. Engaging, informative and entertaining- everything you could want in a tour! Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Telesia, thank you for your 5-star review. We really appreciate your comments. We are known in Europe as the tour company that offers engaging, informative, and entertaining tour content so that visitors can experience the very best of our culture and history. This appears to be the case for you. We are delighted and agree that Neil is one of the next guides you have experienced. Thank you from all the team. Best Regards,
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star-4
Loved this walking tour
Jennifer_H
, Sep 2021
The entire tour was great! Very knowledgeable tour guide. Loved getting right in to the library without waiting.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Jennifer, thank you for your wonderful review. Our guides are passionate about their tour content and narration and our objective is to immerse our guests in the best of Irish culture and history. We have for the past 6 years been dedicated to being the best in delivering extraordinary tour content that offers everything a visitor appreciates in a great well-organized tour such as not wasting precious time in line, incredible guides, engaging narration that aims to educate and entertain peppered with the Irish sense of humor. Thank you again from all the team. Best Regards, Ciaran
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star-5
Fantastic Guide
James_K
, Sep 2021
Frankie was fantastic. So knowledgeable and personable. He engaged everyone in the group and made sure all our questions were answered. All without notes.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi James, thank you for your 5-star review and acknowledgment that Frankie is a wonderful guide. We do our very best to make sure that our tour content is not only engaging but is delivered by local passionate guides that love nothing more than giving visitors an extraordinary tour experience to our must-see attractions. Frankie loves history and being Irish loves to tell a great story. Frankie will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed both his company and knowledge. Best Regards from all the team.
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