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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$52.10
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08:45am Tour
This 8:45am 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$50.94
11:45am Tour
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$52.12
3pm Tour
This tour starts with an external visit to Dublin Castle and concludes with a visit to the Book of Kells.
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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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Our guide was great

We beat the crowd and was able to be the first group in to see the"Book of Kells" Our guide was very informative and the tour of Dublin Castle was very good.

Thank cedterps
Reviewed 6 days ago
This library is not a place of solitude

Only prolem was the crowds which you expect for the most popular tourist attraction in Dublin. You can purchase tickets for a time slot from a machine just over from the entrance but being Irish these times are not strictly enforced. Nevertheless there are some...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great tour for all ages

Our tour guide, Neil, was a tremendous leader. He weaved stories of Irish history into the tour that was highly entertaining and relevant to today. The library at Trinity is very impressive and wort the visit. Dublin castle was a bonus and great end to...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide, Brian Molloy was wonderful! We were the first group into the Book of Kells and got to spend plenty of time to admire this great work. We then went up to the Library, which was magnificent. We did not at all feel...More

Thank Val_Putnam_County
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Book the Book directly and skip this tour

Entry to the Book of Kells is 7 euro. This tour is 53 euro. There was no early entry with this tour. We were in there with everyone else. The guide, Phil, was sweet and knowledgeable, but not worth 46 euro (in my opinion of...More

3  Thank David M
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Cristi L
29 May 2018|
Response from Renee W | Reviewed this property |
We walked around the outside and went into one room. I'm not sure why, maybe we weren't allowed to see more of the interior.
Katie L
29 May 2018|
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Response from Renee W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a lot of walking but not so much with the seeing the Book of Kells. There is a bit of waiting on line. Our tour also included a visit to Dublin Castle. Getting to Dublin Castle required a fair amount of... More