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

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County Dublin, Ireland
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered 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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Reviews by Viator travelers
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A great time seeing the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
Luther_O
, Mar 2020
We had a very nice time on our tour of the Book of Kells and the exterior of Dublin Castle. Our tour guide, Brian, was very knowledgable and full of passion and enthusiasm. We enjoyed all of the history Brian was able to share and appreciated the stories he told along the way. This was our second walking tour of our week-long trip to Ireland, and would recommend it for adult travelers.
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COVID-19 be Damned! A Tour of Dublin with your mates
Joseph_G
, Mar 2020
In spite of the chaos surrounding COVID-19 and all the closures, Neil took the time to meet us anyway, having missed the notification that Trinity College had been completely closed to tourists. Our first day in Dublin was saved! We got a private tour filled with laughs and education on the city and history of Dublin, including Dublin Castle. As our host said, it felt as though it were a walk on the town with your mates. We had a great experience! Thank you Neil!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Joseph, thank you for taking the time to express your satisfaction with our tour. I am delighted that Neil showed you a great time during these difficult times and that Neil showed you the best of the city. He is an excellent guide with incredible storytelling abilities and possesses an incredible skill of presenting history in a very engaging, humouress and educational way. Thanks again Joseph for your 5 star review. All the team at LetzGo City Tours
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Cancelled but not told
Kelli
, Mar 2020
The Book of Kells was closed for health and safety reasons the day prior to my tour which means I could have cancelled and received a full refund but instead of Viator reaching out to me either with text message or email I found out at time of tour and now will have to argue with Viator to get my money back. Waste of my time which could have been spent elsewhere in the beautiful city.
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Wonderful Experience
Erin
, Feb 2020
This tour was fantastic! Our guide was Neil and he had so much information to share with us through the tour, so many fascinating stories. I recommend this to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Erin, thank you so much for your 5 star review. Neil is a great guide and is passionate about our history culture and zest for live here on the Emerald Isle. Our Fast Track tour of the Book of Kells has been rated as the best way to discover one of the most incredible manuscripts in the world affording an opportunity or visitors to fully understand this incredible 9th century book, its importance then and now and how to understand it incredible images and writings. We understand that gusts do not want to spend precious time in line waiting to see the book hence our reason for creating a fast track opportunity that affords visitors a great opportunity to visit two of Dublin's top attractions with a expert local guide who delivers a great tour experience full of insights and stories that will elevate your tour experience - which is evident on your tour with Neil. He is so passionate and dedicated to making sure our tour guests have a great time. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour and we look forward to seeing you again on tour in one of our other cities throughout Europe.
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Perfect for those wanting to learn the history of Dublin
DCUNNINGHAM2090
, Feb 2020
Neil was an excellent tour guide. He shared his wonderful insights and anecdotes about the history of Dublin and Ireland in addition to his vast knowledge of the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Guest, thank you for your review and special mention about Neil one of our local Dublin guides. We are delighted that you enjoyed our tour and appreciate the Book of Kells as a must-see when visiting Dublin. As this is a priceless artifact from the 9th century it is very important to preserve this magnificent manuscript for our present & future generations. Our Guides are known throughout Ireland for their dedications and passion and have been accredited for their remarkable knowledge and insight to provide visitors with a fully guided premium tour with a professional local guide that can show you the best of the Book of Kells experience and to the magnificent vaulted Library the largest in Europe. Also our tour is the only tour that exists that combines two of Ireland's top attractions in the one tour - both the Book fo Kells and to the 13th century Dublin Castle. Our guides lead you on a compelling engaging tour that will show you the very best of these top attractions with Fast Track entrance affording our tour guests the best opportunity to not waste precious time in line and see the both the Book fo Kells and Dublin Castle in the most compelling and engaging manner with truly passionate, insightful and caring local professional guides. We would like to thank you for sharing your experience and look forward to seeing you again in one of our other cities. From al the team at LetzGo City Tours
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Knowledgeable and Entertaining Guide - Easy & Flexible Booking System
marthanelson55
, Feb 2020
Our guide Neil was very knowledgeable and entertaining - I learned so much and especially enjoyed the easy visit to the library. I also would use Viator again; it was my first time (recommended by a friend) and although I had to change my dates and had several questions by email, their staff were quick to respond and helpful -- important when you're traveling in a strange place.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Martha, Thank you for your review and special mention about Neil one of our local Dublin guides. We are delighted that you enjoyed our tour and appreciate the Book of Kells as a must-see when visiting Dublin. As this is a priceless artifact from the 9th century it is very important to preserve this magnificent manuscript for our present & future generations. Our Guides are known throughout Ireland for their dedications and passion and have been accredited for their remarkable knowledge and insight to provide visitors with a fully guided premium tour with a professional local guide that can show you the best of the Book of Kells experience and to the magnificent vaulted Library the largest in Europe. Also our tour is the only tour that exists that combines two of Ireland's top attractions in the one tour - both the Book fo Kells and to the 13th century Dublin Castle. Our guides lead you on a compelling engaging tour that will show you the very best of these top attractions with Fast Track entrance affording our tour guests the best opportunity to not waste precious time in line and see the both the Book fo Kells and Dublin Castle in the most compelling and engaging manner with truly passionate, insightful and caring local professional guides. We would like to thank you for sharing your experience and mentioning the fact that it was so easy to book and that the customer service was greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again in one of our other cities. From all the team at LetzGo City Tours
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Kells
applehorse
, Feb 2020
Very much enjoyed the people in the group as well as our guide. The insights to the place and history was new and novel. Great job. Peter Mc Philadelphia
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Peter, thank you for your very positive review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and that you appreciated not only our insightful guide but also the tour content as well as the company of your fellow guests. We thoroughly agree with you that our guides are experts in sharing our fascinating history and culture and that our tour value is in the content of the tours narrated by our reward winning guides that make our tours stand-out as premium quality sightseeing tours offering incredible engaging content to Dublin's wonderful cultural and historical attractions. On behalf of all the team, a sincere thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. Peter, we look forward to welcoming you to our other European cities. Best Regards,
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Dublin trip
rita
, Feb 2020
Wonderful place. Excellent guide. Most informative and good company. We loved it and learnt lots. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Rita, thank you for your very positive review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and appreciated not only our insightful guide but also the inclusion of Skip the Line tickets to the incredible Book of Kells. We thoroughly agree with you that our guides are experts in sharing our fascinating history and culture and that our tour value is in the content of the tours narrated by our reward winning guides that make our tours stand-out as premium quality sightseeing tours offering incredible engaging content to Dublin's wonderful cultural and historical attractions. On behalf of all the team, a sincere thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. Best Regards,
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Excellent tour with Brian our tour guide
capewell893
, Jan 2020
We had a fantastic time on this tour, our tour guide Brian Malloy was brilliant so informative and interesting. He quickly worked out the stories and places that would be of interest to us and kept us engaged and excited the whole tour. Trinity college library is a must see for anyone visiting Dublin and having such a good guide made it even better.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear best, thank you for your 5 star review. We are delighted Brian's compelling narration and the tour content. As you say we absolutely agree with you along with 1,000's of our previous tour guests that Trinity College and the book of Kells is a must-see while visiting Dublin. Once again a sincere thanks for your very positive review and we look forward to welcoming you to our other European cities. Best Regards from all the Team
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Book of Kelly’s and Dublin Castle
plmme
, Jan 2020
What an awesome tour with Anne! She was very knowledgeable and made it an fun experience! I would highly recommended this tour to anyone visiting the City of Dublin. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Pimme, thank you so much for your 5 star review.....Anne is a great guide one of many of our award winning guides. We loved your review title - Book of Kelly's ....I trust Anne brought you to see the remarkable 5 th century manuscript however I am sure that there has been many a family inspired to write a book about their family called the 'Book of Kelly's''. Thanks again for letting us and our future tour guests know that our Fast Track tour to the Book of Kells & Dublin Castle is highly recommended. On behalf of all the team we look forward to seeing you again on one of our other European Cities.

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