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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

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  • 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
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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.
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.
3:00pm Departure
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.
Reviews (258)
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
No early accesd

The early access is a farce. My ticket told me to be there at 11:15 to meet my guide at 11:30 for early access. At 11:45 someone in the group called to find out why no guide had arrived. The guide finally arrived and stated...More

2  Thank Cada51
Reviewed 1 week ago

Neil was FANTASTIC!!!! This was the perfect amount of time to spend on hitting the highlights of Dublin for my friend and I. I LOVE this kind of stuff, but my travelling partner is not usually in to this type of tour, and while she...More

Thank oj2020
Reviewed 1 week ago
Neil Was Great!

I had a great time with Neil on this tour. It did shape up a bit differently than I thought when I booked it, but I was not disappointed whatsoever. While you do not technically receive earlier access than anyone else, the tour does begin...More

2  Thank Greg F
Reviewed 1 week ago
Really good tour - knowledgeable guide

The Book of Kells is absolutely fascinating and the guide gave us all the background history to it. The walk around Dublin Castle was very interesting too and again we were giving a lot of history by a very knowledgeable guide.

Thank Everden99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
All that and more!

Our tour with Phil exceeded expectations! Phil is a superb tour guide who really knows his stuff and conveys it with enthusiasm and wit. Of course I expected to see the Book of Kells and the "long room" library - which were awe-inspiring and breathtaking...More

2  Thank Dorothea H
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Response from Judi W | Reviewed this property |
Definitely! Great tour with Brian. Also gave us tips for lunch and dinner. And if you have a chance and like beer-go to the Guinness Storehouse and go to the bar on top-beautiful views of the whole city. i didn't think I... More
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.