• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 55.06 View price calendar

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this 2.5-hour 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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Customer Reviews

Chinyere N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well worth the experience. Our tour guide was very informative and getting in early is definitely worth it!

Sophie Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was 100 worth it! Brian took us straight through to the Book of Kells nimbly avoiding everyone else checking out the exhibits along the way so we got to enjoy a few minutes without anyone else in the room. The book and the Long Library are beautiful, but I would not have enjoyed them so much if we didn't have the great history and facts provided by Brian. We had a quick walk through some areas in Dublin as well and finished at Dublin Castle. I actually would have liked the tour to be longer so that we could have more time at some of the sites along the way.

Betty M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide gave us more history and insight into Irish history than I expected. Fast paced and fun.

Gabriel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Book this tour!!! Absolutely amazing tour and I am so happy we did and skipped the line and got early viewing! The castle was beautiful and the tour guide was knowledgable and very informative.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Unbelievable! When you see the Book of Kells you can actually see the hard work and time it took to create.

Vianne N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour guide was excellent....he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about history. This tour is a must see for visitors to Dublin.

christine d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This place has so much history, and its amazing to see. My daughter now wants to go study in Dublin because of its beauty.

Julie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is worth every penny! Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy! Brian was a hoot.

Cathy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Brian was a terrific guide. He was informative and funny. It was great to get into see the Book of Kells before the crowd. The exterior tour of the Dublin Castle led me to the gem of my trip, the Chester Beatty Library which Brian recommended.

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Wonderful tour, our guide Neil McCourt was very knowledgeable. He made the tour light-hearted, fun, and informative! Highly recommend!

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