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

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

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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What's Included

  • 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
  • Transportation
  • Interior visit to Dublin Castle

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Trinity College Dublin
    College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

    MEETING TIME: 15 minutes before departure MEETING PLACE: Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2 MEET YOUR GUIDE: Between the iron railings and the large wooden doors, at the College Green entrance. ***FOLLOW WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS AS VIATOR MAP DOES NOT CORRECTLY SHOW THE MEETING POINT***

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips


It is worth the investment to skip the lines because even the "limited" lines were LONG.
Remember to always have the umbrella at hand in Ireland.
Infact we were the first group to get access and it was well worth getting up early for this event.
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Amazing tour guide
Anabel_C, Jan 2023
The experience was amazing, the true star of this experience was our tour guide Nuel McCourt from Letz go city tours. He was very knowledgeable and a true storyteller. The time flew by and would recommend it to anyone .
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Anabelle, thank you for your 5-star review for both the tour content and for your local expert-friendly guide, Neil ....He's one of a team of guides genuinely dedicated to making sure that all our guests have a great time in Dublin and beyond. We are delighted that you came to Ireland to discover our wonderful country, its people, history, and world-famous landscapes. ublin. We also offer our award-winning tours throughout other regions of Ireland, as well as London, Oxford, Edinburgh, and other magnificent destinations throughout Europe. Best Regards from all the team
1 traveler found this review helpful
Trinity College, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle...great tour!
Nancy_B, Jan 2023
Our guide, Antonio, has a passion for sharing his extensive knowledge of Irish history and Dublin, and a great sense of humor. His enthusiasm was a special part of this tour. Seeing Trinity College, the library, Book of Kells, Declaration, and Dublin Castle and adjacent gardens were all wonderful highlights of our trip. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Nancy and thank you for your 5-star review of our award-winning tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much and for highlighting that Antonio, one of our expert local friendly, and passionate guides showed you a wonderful time while on tour. Our objective is always to offer our guests the best time on tour. All our guides are dedicated to showing visitors to Ireland a tour where they can learn so much about Ireland, its history culture, and people but we make sure we do it in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Again thank you for your 5-star review and for rating Antonio as one of the best guides in Dublin. We look forward to seeing you again in the future on one of our LetzGo City Tours throughout Ireland and Europe. Al the Best from the team
Trinity college is a must
LOUIS_W, Dec 2022
Ann did walk an xtra mile in evev show us and sing Molly Malone She is a well informed guide and well spoken
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Louis, thank you for your 5-star review of our award-winning tour of the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle. Best Regards from all our team in Dublin.
Well worth your time
nestor_c, Dec 2022
Very interesting and educational. Time flew and our guide made it all worth it. Great to get an idea about the many things to do in Dublín, it’s history and culture.
A guide that makes you feel welcomed
Julia_R, Dec 2022
Amazing tour by a wonderful guide we couldn't have asked for a better experience. What helped make it the best was we had a local's insight to the area and it felt more like being shown around town by a friend versus a tour. It also helped us find some amazing restaurants to try
John was fabulous!
Roberto_V, Dec 2022
John our guide was incredible. Very knowledgeable, friendly and charismatic. Great tour to check off some famous spots in Dublin. We almost skipped out on the castle portion and we are so glad we stayed the whole time through.
Great fun in Dublin!
Stephanie_H, Dec 2022
Maura knew everything about Dublin and really made the beautiful scenery come to life! Her enthusiasm and knowledge really made my tour exceptional!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi Stepha, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour and for the local expert guide, Maura. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour so much and found the tour experience exceptional. Best Regards,
Great Tour!
Catherine_L, Nov 2022
We had a great time. Our tour guide Was so knowledgeable! The city tour to the Dublin Castle was excellent as well.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi Catherine, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour and for the local expert guide. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour so much and recommend it highly. Best Regards,
I was underwhelmed by...
PAul_A, Nov 2022
I was underwhelmed by this tour. I guess I expected more of the book of Kells and the Long Room. Your guide was energetic and tried hard to keep us engaged.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Wow Paul, how could you not be impressed with the most important 9th-century manuscript as well as the spectacular largest vaulted library in Europe? Gosh, even Goerge Lucas thought it was one of the most incredible wonders he had ever seen. So much so, that he used it as the inspiration for the Jedi Library. May the force be with you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
An excellent tour -...
Katarina_B, Nov 2022
An excellent tour - organized, informative, and covering a lot of group in a short amount of time. Brian, our guide, was funny, knowledgeable, and kept us moving at the perfect pace.
Skip - do on your own
Jessica_W, Nov 2022
The book of kells and the long hall was absolutely wonderful to visit. But you don’t need this tour unless you maybe have the first time slot. I thought by having a guide we would have some things pointed out and explained to us, but all it was the guide letting us in at our timed entry, and the. She said meet you outside when done. Our guide, a woman named Maura, while kind, had a horrible habit of quizzing our group instead of explaining the significance of the street, building, etc. Was very irritating to most of our group because we obviously didn’t know the answers as we signed up for the tour. A lot of us ditched the tour. A simple telling of the Irish history and the building around us would of been more enjoyable. Skip this tour, other viator tours we took were absolutely wonderful, but this wasn’t worth it to us.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Good Morning thank you for your tour. Our tour guide Maura has been rated 5-star consistently throughout this season. Every guide has their own individual style but the historical narratives, storytelling and included visits always remain the same. It's obvious you didn't like her style however 1,000's of our visitors have rated our expert local guides Guides as being extraordinary storytellers and extremely friendly and caring and that our tours were a highlight of their visit to Dublin and Ireland and have consistently given this particular tour 5 stars. We're sorry to hear you were not one of them. Best Regards, LetzGo City Tours Team
Very Educational and Wonderful!
Marie_H, Nov 2022
Our tour guide Maura “Molly” was amazing and I learned so much about the history of Dublin and Ireland.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Marie, we are so glad you enjoyed our award-winning tour with Maura, our expert local Dublin guide, and for recommending the tour for its historical richness and enjoyment. Best Regards,
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Sarah_K, Nov 2022
was good overall. Hard to hear tour guide - mic would be nice. Went overtime ie too long. Price was excessive for what it was.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Sarah, Hi Kelsey, it's nice to hear that you had a good time on our tour. Thank you for your comments recommending the tour. Our tour is rated one of the best tours in Ireland and receives consistently high recommendations for its value with all the following inclusions Our 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 Dublin Castle Victorian Gardens Visit the first 9th-century Viking landing spot in Dublin Entry/Admission - The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition Molly Malone Statue Best Regards,
A brilliant day
Laurence_A, Nov 2022
Really knowledgeable guide who was super enthusiastic! A great day! Gave great insights into life in Irish history
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Lauren, thank you for your high recommendations for our tour. Best Regards,
Beautiful Library!
547hgpdc9t, Nov 2022
The library is a most see place. It is beautiful and unique. The book of Kells is also remarkable; however, it has no cover, only the pages and visitors are able to see one, the page open during the day of the visit. I did not really like the Castle (outside tour); however, the guide was knowledgable and nice.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello, thank you for your high recommendations for our tour. Best Regards, All the team at LetzGo City Tours
Fascinating tour of two historic treasures of Ireland
Maureen_A, Nov 2022
We had a great tour of Trinity College’s Book of Kells, Long Hall and Brian Boru Harp. Additionally, the tour of Dublin Castle was equally informative and the grounds were beautiful. Our tour guide Antonio was extremely knowledgeable, funny and helpful in navigating the two locations. I definitely recommend this tour to have fun and an educational experience on the fascinating history of Ireland. 🍀
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Maureen, thank you for your 5-star review of our tour and local expert top-awarded Dublin guide, Antonio. We really appreciate your high recommendation of our tour for its cultural immersion, and historical insights as well as for being a fun and educational experience exploring the fascinating history of Ireland.
Not worth it - Buy your own tickets for the Book of Kells and save money + time
Catherine_L, Nov 2022
The description of this tour online is very misleading. First, we were told to show up 15 minutes before our tour began at 9am (so 8:45). The guide didn't show up until 9:10 because the Book of Kells opens at 9:30. Second, there were 28 people in the tour. Disaster. Third, there is not fast-track or skip-the-line to the Book of Kells as the tour description implies. This is simply a set of tickets for the 9:30 slot and we waited in line to enter as did everyone else (not on the tour) that had booked tickets directly with Trinity College. Fourth, the guide did not provide a guided tour inside; we were on our own. We toured with the masses and the audio guide. Fifth, the rest of the visit (Dublin Castle) was useless because the group was way too large and it was difficult for the guide to share interesting information. Also this particular guide used questions rather than narrative - which after a while was slow, confusing and annoying. Overall, we paid 59 Euros and wasted hours when we could have paid 18.50 Euros for the Book of Kells and then do a much better separate walking/biking tour of the city for Dublin Castle and other key points of interests.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Good Morning, it appears that you checked in with another Tour Operator. We are so sorry you missed our award-winning tour led by Dublin's top-voted local expert guides. Best Regards,
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Really well organized...
Michael_B, Oct 2022
Really well organized tour and a great way to jump to the front of the line to see the Book of Kells. Our guide Neil was really informative and we learned great deal about the Book of Kells, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Irish history. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Michael, it's great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed our award-winning Book of Kells Tour. Neil is rated one of the best guides in Dublin along with our team of local expert passionate friendly guides. Thank you from the team at LetzGo City Tours
Great book of Kells tour
JUDITH_W, Oct 2022
Maura was knowledgeable and funny. Highly recommend this tour when you 1st get to Dublin. The Library and the castle grounds are gorgeous
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello, it's great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed our award-winning Book of Kells Tour. Maura is rated one of the best guides in Dublin along with our team of local expert passionate friendly guides. Thank you from the team at LetzGo City Tours
Well worth the time!
Janet_B, Oct 2022
Extremely knowledgeable guide. Real deal. Great with the kiddies too. Thorough insights. We really enjoyed this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello, it's great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed our award-winning Book of Kells Tour. Our guides in Dublin are noted for their expertise and passion as well as for being some of the friendliest guides in Ireland. Thank you from the team at LetzGo City Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
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