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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

County Dublin, Ireland
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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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 as you go

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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Book of Kells
, Jul 2019
Beatrice was an amazing guide, she was very knowledgeable. Trinity college library along with the history of the book of Kells is impressive. Dublin Castle's history is interesting and Beatrice did a fantastic job in lecturing us. I Highly recommend this tour.
Book of Kells
Tim P
, Jul 2019
The tour was very informative and moved along quite nicely despite having a lot of content to cover. Eobhinn (I hope I spelled it right) was a great guide for us!
Book review
, Jul 2019
A very knowledgeable tour guide, and the old library at Trinity College is outstanding. I was disappointed in the fact that we only saw two pages of the book of Kells. Its fragility requires that it be on very limited display. I wouldn’t call this a book of Kells tour so much is I would call it a Trinity old library tour. Nonetheless I’m glad I came
Brian was an excellent guide
, Jul 2019
The Irish often don’t articulate clearly but Brian was clear and easy to understand. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the system were excellent. We were glad we took this tour.
Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
, Jul 2019
We loved the tour. Siobhan was an Excellent tour guide. It was such a pleasure to being on this tour with such a vibrant and knowledgeable person.
Amazing tour
, Jul 2019
Nathan, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly on our tour. He stood out amongst other tour guides we've had with his excellent personality and humor. The tour wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable if he wasn't our tour guide. Thanks Nathan, Becky & Andrew
Exceeded our expectations!
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide Beatrice was awesome... she gave an incredible amount of information. Good mix of humor, knowledge and patience. The tour is the perfect amount of time and you skip the queue.We were glad it was just the exterior of Dublin Castle (no need to go inside).
Quick moving excellent tour
, Jul 2019
Originally planned the tour to get ahead of the Book of Kells line, but ended up just a small part of it. Neil was a fantastic guide. Funny, very entertaining and informative.
Book of Kells with Dublin Castle
, Jul 2019
Nathan , the tour guide was very knowledgeable and humerous. He was very attentive and had good insight of being a student at Trinity College. Not quite enough time inside or early enough to read information on book.
Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
, Jul 2019
I had booked a similar tour from our cruise line but it got cancelled. I booked this tour which was half the price as the cruise line and our group of 12 had a nice tour with a fun tour guide. Not much to see of the castle and we were restricted from seeing a portion due to politicians meeting. The library is amazing and a lot of fun walking through it.

Product code: 8954P3

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