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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

  • Beat the usual crowds with early access to the Book of Kells
  • Scan the Book of Kells at your own pace, without being rushed 
  • Hear hidden mysteries and secrets about the book from the guide 
Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle
From US$56.68
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8:15am DepartureMost Popular
This tour starts by delving into the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation/symbolism, and is followed by a fully guided engaging medieval walking tour of Dublin Castle.
From US$50.89
09:15am Tour
This 9:15am tour starts by delving into the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation/symbolism, and is followed by a fully guided engaging medieval walking tour of Dublin Castle.
From US$56.68
3:00pm Departure
This tour starts with an external visit to Dublin Castle and concludes with a visit to the Book of Kells.
From US$56.68
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Avoid waiting in long lines at the Book of Kells—one of the most important highlights of Irish heritage dating back to the ninth century—with this early-access tour. Meet at the easy-to-find Trinity College in central Dublin, and set off listening to the elaborate history from a guide who unlocks secret mysteries of the book. End your tour at Dublin Castle where your guide dives even deeper into Irish culture and heritage.
What to Expect
Your tour of the Book of Kells, Trinity College’s library, and Dublin Castle meets in the front of Trinity College in central Dublin.

First your guide takes you through the college’s library, exploring the area known as the Long Room that's lined with books and statue busts of famous masters of science, literature, and art.

Afterward, it’s on to the Book of Kells exhibit, where you beat the crowds and head in right away. Hear a detailed rundown of the book and why it’s so important to Irish culture. Once you reach the actual book, take as long as you’d like to look over its pages.

Your last stop for this tour is Dublin Castle. Walk around the grounds and the gardens as you learn more about Emerald Isle culture.

Your tour ends at the Castle, close to public transport and other fun areas to explore.
Reviews (279)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Don't miss it!

We took the walking tour with Neil on a cold December's day. It was funny, informative and well worth while. Neil is a genuine Dublin character (intelligent, well read and gregarious) and adds so much to the tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ComeVisitIreland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Don't miss out!

Phil was our guide and not only knowledgeable but a great sense of humor. He looked after every one of us and was so considerate of my sister who has some disabilities with walking. This is a so worth it tour and the Book of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank LLR_RHR
Reviewed 11 December 2018
Neil is great guide in Dublin

Neil offered a valuable tour of Book of Kells and it was so helpful to be the first group inside as it afforded a less crowded space. The walking tour around Dublin Castle was filled with animated stories. He has a wealth of knowledge about...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sandra_rouse
Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile
Amazing tour

Neil our guide delivered a really nice entertaining tour around the Trinity college the Downtown and the castle. He knew how to skip the line :) and give enough but not too much information.

1  Thank IoannisD_13
Reviewed 2 December 2018
Highly informative tour, hilarious tour guide, top-notch tour

Skipping the LONG lines out the front of Trinity was just the start of a fantastic tour that took us through, in, and around Trinity, The Book of Kells, and Dublin Castle. It was well-worth every penny. Neil McCourt is a legend and absolutely a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Daniel C
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19 October 2018|
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Response from LatinWarrior | Reviewed this property |
Tour is just around and hour.
Linda D
10 October 2018|
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Response from Subbu2014 | Reviewed this property |
Ring the company that you booked it with and see you can get a refund back. Make sure they can help. Sorry to hear this get well soon and hope can go to Dublin when you feel ready best wishes
19 September 2018|
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Response from Karen P | Reviewed this property |
In general most sites in Dublin are not friendly to those who are mobility challenged. Two exceptions are the newest - Guinness brewery tour, Jameson whiskey tasting tour.