• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 52.71 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

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The tour bypassed the long waiting line and got us in to view the Book of Kells before anyone else. The tour guide was extremely well informed and interesting.

Cathi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

We travel a lot and go to many destinations courtesy of cruise ships. We have never had a bad tour experience and I can honestly say this was the best tour I have ever been on!!! When booking this tour it indicated that it was a 2.5 hour tour of the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle. This turned out to be a four hour excursion that included a walking tour of Dublin and great stories and history. Neil our guide was so enjoyable and knowledgeable of history and sites and shared some of his favorite local places with us. In addition, he helped my mom find a Connemara Marble store after the tour! Very enjoyable and I learned a lot!

Tammy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Neil was our tour guide and he was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and such a gift for storytelling. It was a great tour. My daughter and I loved it. Thank you so much!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We were there on Easter Sunday and it was busy! We started a little early to get ahead of the crowd but it was still packed. Our tour guide, Brian, was full of info and very knowledgeable about the history of the Book of Kells and we learned a ton. A very nice display on the first floor explaining much about the Book and the library was awesome. I love history so this was a must do for me! A nice walk to Dublin Castle with some more history along the way and at the final stop in the garden at the castle. We also did a tour of the castle which is separate but filled out the day.

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour guide was so knowledgable and friendly!!! He was willing to answer our questions and he took his time at each location so that we could see everything. I would be willing to take this tour again!

Thomas T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour guide Neil was excellent. The tour was well paced and full of fun and interesting facts and information. We highly recommend this tour.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Well worth it. Very interesting and informative tour. Duration was closer to 4 hours, rather than the 2.5 advertised. Glad we did not have a conflicting event scheduled.

Diane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Forget the lines and crowds, book this tour and literally be the first in to see the Book of Kells!

Besides the Books, the tour covered the history of Dublin from the 'black pool' to modern day. Our guide, Brian, was engaging and informative.

Neil T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Best walking tour I've ever taken, Mr. Neil McCourt was outstanding, I've recommended this tour to my friends who will be visiting Dublin this coming summer and I told them to request Mr. Neil McCourt.

Katomike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent Tour! Our tour guide was Neil and he was extremely informative with a wonderful sense of humor. You truly do get in early and we had o good 15 minutes with Neil explaining the Book of Kells before the crowds. We the had a brief tour of the highlights of the college before moving on to Tour the area between the college and Dublin Castle. Dublin Castle is a tour of the exterior but if you enjoy history, it is excellent. This tour also helps you to be able to get around in this area if you want to go back for lunches, dinners, shopping, etc. Good Tour at the beginning of stay

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