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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
  • Good for avoiding crowds

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.

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
  • Visit to the Dublin Castle Victorian Gardens
  • Visit the first 9th century Viking landing spot in Dublin
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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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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Book of Kells / Library
Aaron_E, Sep 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, book of Kells was in amazing shape for a book that old. The library was just stunning!
Library That Takes Your Breath Away
charles_l, Sep 2022
I wasn't sure, what the 'big deal' was -- and why my friends wanted to do this tour. Till I got in the Trinity Library -- and, oh wow!! They have a lot of books there. And, it's a copyright library -- a library that must receive a copy of every book that is published in the country. The Library has 1. the original Brian Boru harp -- which is a national symbol of Ireland; 2. a copy of 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic; and 3. the Book of Kells -- an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Wow, you really enjoyed this tour. Thank you so much from all the dedicated team at LetzGo City Tours. Best Regards,
Great tour guide that made 2.5 hours fly by
Brian_F, Sep 2022
Roger was great host and guide. He was informative, an amazing grasp of sharing Irish history, and very amusing. He also loved sharing the beat places to eat or drink on the way between sites. I would recommend family and friends to request Roger.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Wow what an incredible review. A huge thanks from all the team at LetzGo City tours for the tour content and your expert local guide Roger.
Great
Michel_K, Sep 2022
Great intro to Dublin with a quick history lesson. Great guide who went to trinity himself and was clearly very experienced. I did this the day I arrived to stay awake and it was the perfect activity while waiting to check into hotel.
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Judy_C, Sep 2022
Our guide, John, was excellent. He gave us lots of information and we saw and learned much more than we would have without being on this tour. Highly recommend joining this tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Judy, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much and rated the tour excellent value for money as well as giving our local expert guide a 5-star review. We look forward to seeing you again on tour very soon. Be sure to check out our award-winning tours in other parts of Europe including our extraordinary tours in London. Best Regards from all the team at LetzGo City Tours
Book of Kells
Deborah_P, Sep 2022
Amazed at the workmanship and artistry in the 800's! Frank, the guide, had a wealth of historical knowledge.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hi Debora, we are delighted that you enjoyed the tour. That is great news. We are delighted you enjoyed it so much and found Frank our expert local guide to be the best guide to Dublin and its amazing highlights including the 9th century Book of Kells and the 13th century Dublin Castle. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many cultural local tours throughout Europe. Best Regards,
Great guide & walking tour!
Gina_L, Sep 2022
In the garden of Dublin Castle & Rogers’s explanation of the Ireland’s history. He did a fabulous job on the whole tour-one of the best tours we have done.
Beautiful
Charles_K, Sep 2022
Life moving . Meant the world to me to see the book . Wish my sons could have been with me . The Ter was well worth it would recommend everyone I truly loved the experience
Very informative
Susan_W, Sep 2022
Nathan was extremely knowledgable, friendly & funny, was able to answer questions. It was pouring with rain most of the time, & he was very understanding & tried to find shelter when he could. We really enjoyed the tour & got more out of it, than just the Book of Kells & Dublin Castle, wonderful information on Irelands history, which we were unaware of. Thank you very much Nathan.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you Susan for your 5-star review of both the tour content and your expert local guide, Nathan. Thank you so much from all the team for your high recommendation of our award-winning tour. Best Regards, From all the Team
Frustrating
cjeyasingh, Sep 2022
First of all, I did not realize the college and the castle were right next to each other…I guess thatz what makes me a tourist. The college library was amazing and beautiful, followed by a highly unnecessary walk through back roads to see random shopping buildings that were once famous townhouses. We finally reached the castle an hour later, to walk infront of it as the tour did not include entrance. I would have rather walked directly to the castle from trinity and explored inside the castle if I had known better…
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hello and thank you for your comments. Many would disagree with you and find the walk from the 16th century Trinity Collge to the 13th century Dublin Castle enlightening and fascinating. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Trinity College however the Castle and Trinity College are not next to each other so perhaps you visited some of our famous watering holes in Dublin city before you came on tour. Best Regards from all the team
Book of Kelly’s tour with Neil-fabulous!
Carol_D, Sep 2022
Our tour guide was Neil McCourt from letzgo city tours... he was absolutely fabulous. My entire family learned a lot, they were completely engaged and would definitely recommend Neil if you are able to request your guide. We are from the United States and this was our first time in Ireland. I booked this tour online after looking at reviews and was a little nervous about what we would get but it turn out to be one of our best tours ever. I can’t complement Neil enough....Thank you!!
Frankie our tour guide...
Victoria_S, Sep 2022
Frankie our tour guide was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and really made the tour a lot of fun. Great seeing the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle and knowing all the history that goes behind it. Would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you Victoria for your 5-star review of both the tour content and your expert local guide, Frankie. Thank you so much from all the team for your high recommendation of our award-winning tour. Best Regards, From all the Team
Tour guide took the experience to the next level
Justine_R, Sep 2022
Antonio gave us a lot of details to help fill in the things we wouldn’t have known on our own. He also provided additional information as we walked that was interesting.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Justine, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much and rated the tour excellent value for money as well as giving our local expert guide Antonio a 5-star review. Best Regards from all the team at LetzGo City Tours
Worst ever… waste of money
Katherine_K, Sep 2022
Do not take a group of 20 people in to see the Book of Kells and library if you are going to whisper…. You need vox boxes. I could not hear a word he said. Also don’t ask people to show up 45 minutes before… What a waist of time. The guy was just awful!!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello and thank you for your review however it appears that you booked in with another tour company. Too bad you missed our award-winning tour. Our tour requests that guests check in 15 minutes before with our expert local guides being extraordinary orators and narrators who have been winning accolades for their tours for the past 8 years.
Wonderful tour!
Debbie_T, Sep 2022
Neil McCourt was a fabulous guide and extremely informative. Highly, highly recommend this tour!! I can’t believe how much we got to see and learn about in just 2.5 hrs.
Wonderful
Debbie_S, Sep 2022
Learning about the history of the book and seeing the book. Neil was excellent- very informative. knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend.
Roger was great!
Stacy_B, Sep 2022
Roger was an excellent guide, full of knowledge and also funny. Loved the way he wove in facts and possibly fiction. I would definitely recommend!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Judy, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much and rated the tour excellent value for money as well as giving our local expert guide Roger, a 5-star review. We look forward to seeing you again on tour very soon. Be sure to check out our award-winning tours in other parts of Europe including our extraordinary tours in London. Best Regards from all the team at LetzGo City Tours
Very enjoyable!
Marcie_S, Sep 2022
We started our Ireland holiday with this tour. So easy to find - right in the heart of Dublin. the tour guide was very knowledgeable about Trinity University, the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle and other Irish history. The tour went fast - it was so interesting. The library is amazing. Incredible the history and age of the books. The entire walk was easy to do.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you Marcie for your 5-star review of both the tour content and your expert local guide. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the fully guided walk too. Best Regards, From all the Team
Wonderful and Interesting Tour!
Kyra_R, Sep 2022
Neil with LetzGo CityTours has a great sense of humor, he shares interesting stories, and it was enjoyable to learn the history of the Book of Kells and to see the incredible library, I recommend the tour!
Lovely walking tour
Jennifer_K, Sep 2022
This was a wonderfully, informative tour! I loved learning the tidbits of rich, Irish history throughout.
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