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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

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What You Can Expect

Early Access: Book of Kells Including Exterior Tour of Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Customer Reviews

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a wonderful tour. Mary, our guide, was very knowledgeable about Irish history and told it in a way that made it relevant to the whole group. We also got a walking tour of the city as we made our way to Dublin Castle. Really enjoyed learing about the city and how important streets and buildings where to Dublin's history. Highly recommended.

Wendy N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great tour - Mary was our guide. She was informative and really passionate about the history of both the Book of Kells and Dublin generally. Fascinating to see the manuscript and then to see some of the beautiful georigian and victorian architecture in the city. Tour was scheduled for 2 hours, but really ended up being closer to 3 hours. Highly recommend.

bruce j United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was another awesome experience. Our movement throughout Ireland made the trip fast but enjoyable. Tried to see all four corners of the country and with Viator that was somewhat possible. I would encourage all who intend to visit to keep it on yor list. It is a trip well worth the experience.

cstewbee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour with Sean C.. The early admission was great due to the bus loads of people that arrive later in the morning.
Sean was very thorough and personable. He provided a wonderful overview of the history of Ireland in an entertaining manner.
My family and I would highly recommend Sean and this tour.

Donna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was very knowlegable about the Book of Kells and the Dublin Castle. It's nice to have a walking tour and no wait for admissions.

MaryEllen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and engagibg

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If you only do one thing in Dublin this is what you want to do. The book was breathtaking. The crowds were huge so getting in early was very important. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. It would not have been as good without her. The archivist are now also giving a little lecture so our tour guide made sure we heard it. Highlight of my time in Dublin.

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

5 Excellent

Colette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour with guide, Mary Whelan. Informative and given our tight schedule, a great way to get to some of Dublin's essentials.

Sherri B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

awesome ,absolutely beautiful! Great tour guide!!

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