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

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

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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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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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
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 **PLS FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AS VIATOR MAP DOES NOT CORRECTLY REPRESENT THE MEETING POINT!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY LetzGo City Tours
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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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
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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
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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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  • "It is worth the investment to skip the lines because even the "limited" lines were LONG." See review
  • "Remember to always have the umbrella at hand in Ireland." See review
  • "Infact we were the first group to get access and it was well worth getting up early for this event." See review

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star-5
Trinity library
Robert_P
, Jun 2022
It was a wonderful experience. The library is incredible. I'd love to have a library card here. The history of the book is extremely interesting.
star-5
Book of Kells.
Bilinda_M
, Jun 2022
I skipped the Dublin Castle part because I had been there before. The Trinity Library and Book of Kells was a terrific exhibit and the guide was very knowledgeable
star-5
Splendid
Kaylene
, Jun 2022
So much insight and genuine joy for history. Antonio was very caring and made everyone feel welcome and valued. He was insightful, and gave people room to explore when we were in spaces that worked. He makes an excellent guide.
star-5
Great tour - well worth it
Brendan_G
, Jun 2022
Our walking tour was outstanding. Our guide, Antonio gave us introductions to what we would see at each step along the way. He taught us about the symbolism we would find in the art. He wasn't full of dry, historical facts. He really made the Book of Kells a special event. The library was a most impressive visit. We would not have ever chosen to visit the Powerscourt Mall, we aren't mall people. Antonio gave us the background & this was a real hidden gem. The bank of Dublin - not just a bank. Dublin Castle, the gardens, the tribute to journalist Veronica Guerin. We would not have discovered or understood the significance without a guide. Antonio was fabulous. This was an outstanding walking tour & really added to our visit to Dublin.
star-5
Book of Kelly’s Tour
Lourdes_A
, Jun 2022
Must see when visiting Dublin. Frankie was a very knowledgeable guide and very approachable. No question was difficult for him to answer.
star-5
We learned so much!
Rebecca_V
, Jun 2022
This walking tour was so good. Very entertaining and informative. Just seeing the Book of Kells without having the historical context wouldn't have allowed us to understand the how much it has been through over hundreds of years. Our guide did an awesome job at making this fun and educational at the same time. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour!
Robin_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable, clear-spoken, and on time; and we enjoyed hearing his anecdotes as well.
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star-5
Tooong winded off subject monopolized too much time talking
Deborah_R
, Jun 2022
Loved the history and the tour. Guide was incredibly knowledgeable but had no respect for time we wanted to explore. Gave baf directions back to Arcade shipping center for sought after gifts. Too long for what it was but great to experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Debora, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards,
star-4
The Library is Amazing
Karen_B
, Jun 2022
The library is stunning. They are closing it for renovations at the end of this year so see it while you can. The Book Of Kells is beautiful and due to its age, they only show one page. There are enlarged photos on the walls to show different pages and the incredible detail. Our guide, Frankie, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He walked us through town and spoke about the different buildings and statues and that was interesting. The castle was a bit of a let down after seeing several others around Ireland.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Karen, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide, Frankie. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards,
star-5
Best guide for an amazing tour!
Wayne
, Jun 2022
Way more than expected and a definite highlight of our stay in Dublin. From the moment we met our guide, Patrick Dunne, we knew we were in for a treat. If Patrick were to have been my history professor, I would have loved school. His knowledge, passions, and style are unparalleled. Add that to the amazing experience of seeing the Book of Kells, and the Castle and you have one heck of a great experience. Also, and actually my favorite part, other than Patrick, was walking into the “long room” of the Trinity College library. It felt surreal and magical. We had all seen pictures of it, but there is something about being there in person. I will never forget the felling. I so highly recommended this tour and I truly suggest people try to request getting Patrick Dunne as their guide. I don’t know if it works that way but hopefully you all end up with him. Thank you Patrick! You are special. Wayne, Debbie and Peggy
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Karen, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide, Pat. We are delighted that you really enjoyed his incredible narration and storytelling as well as all the extraordinary tour stops. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards,
star-5
Loved all the history....
akrccj
, Jun 2022
Loved all the history. Great tour guide! He had a great since of humor and very knowledgeable. It was long but went by quickly and had some breaks.
star-5
Informative and fun
nancy_f
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was excellent. Just a very informative, fun tour. It's great to get the history behind what you are seeing
star-5
Excellent tour!
Marion_S
, Jun 2022
Our guide was so smart and well informed. He was a great sory teller! We highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour overall
Charles_L
, Jun 2022
So, in defense of this tour, we had just done a general walking tour of Dublin the day before, so a lot of what was talked about in this tour had already been discussed with us in a tour the day before. The guide was excellent, though, and very knowledgeable about pretty much anything Irish. The Book of Kells, while interesting, was not as much of a "wow moment" as I thought it was going to be. The library, on the other hand, was overwhelmingly beautiful. As a photographer, I could have stayed in that library all day, walking around and taking pictures. The rest of the tour was a generalized tour of Dublin. If you do not have any other tours planned, then this tour will give you a good overview of everything Dublin.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Charles, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide. We are delighted that you really enjoyed his incredible narration and storytelling as well as all the extraordinary tour stops and the photo opportunities afforded on this tour. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards, From All the Team
star-5
A must see
Brenda_H
, Jun 2022
Brian was a fantastic guide. I would recommend this tour to everyone. His knowledge and presentation made it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Brenda, thank you for your 5 star review for the tour content and our guide, Brian. We look forward to seeing you again. Best Regards All the Team from LetzGo City Tours
star-5
Wonderful Book of Kells Walking Tour!
MichelleK_L
, Jun 2022
Neil was an awesome guide, and the walking tour was amazing! Loved seeing the Book of Kells, the Old Library, Molly Malone statue, and Dublin Castle. Recommend to do the early tour to get a jump on crowds.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Mitchell, thank you for your 5-star review for both the tour content and your expert Local Guide, Neil. He absolutely loves his job and showing our tour guests the best time. Thank you from al the team at LetzGo City Tours
star-5
Avoid the queues with an excellent guided tour.
Fiona_S
, Jun 2022
Brian was an excellent guide for this tour, friendly and knowledgable. Entertained us with the history of the book of Kells and on our walk to the Castle. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. You can see that Brian loves his job! Would have liked a bit more time to take photos of Trinity College.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Fiona, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed every aspect of the tour including the tastings and your local expert guide Brian who is passionate about showing our tour guests the most extraordinary time on tour with lots of fun but at the same time insightful and full of great moments. Slainte and we look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
star-5
Great tour!
Daniel_K
, Jun 2022
Roger was an excellent tour guide, tons of history throughout we loved it! Quick and easy and skipped all the lines!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Daniel, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed every aspect of the tour including the insights and your local expert guide Roger who is passionate about showing our tour guests the most extraordinary time on tour with lots of fun but at the same time insightful and full of great moments. Slainte and we look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
star-5
Nice way to get to know Dublin, worth it.
Jonathan_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Neil McCourt, was great. He was very knowledgeable and professional. It was a nice tour to skip the line at the book of Kells, a good way to get to know the city and see some of the big landmarks.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Johnathan, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and the incredible Book of Kells as well as entering and taking in the breathtaking moment when you walked into Europe's largest vaulted Library. Thank you again for rating the tour as well worth the money and time and to see some of Dublin's wonderful cultural landmarks. Best Regards, From All the Team at LetzGo City Tours
star-5
Not to be missed
James_W
, Jun 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable. Unbelievable experience going back in time. Book of Keels was a wonderful exhibit. Library was wonderful, so glad to have experienced it before it closes for restorations.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello James, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and the incredible Book of Kells as well as entering and taking in the breathtaking moment when you walked into Europe's largest vaulted Library. Thank you again for rating the tour as "Not to be missed". Best Regards, From All the Team at LetzGo City Tours

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