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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

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.
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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
From 4 Nov 2019 to early March 2020 the Book will be replaced by the only approved Fine Arts version
Transportation
Interior visit to Dublin Castle

Departure Point

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tour departs from: The Main Front Gate at Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2. Meet your guide between the iron railings and the large wooden doors.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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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
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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
See all safety measures taken by Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle.
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What is the maximum group size during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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star-4
Loved this walking tour
Jennifer_H
, Sep 2021
The entire tour was great! Very knowledgeable tour guide. Loved getting right in to the library without waiting.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Jennifer, thank you for your wonderful review. Our guides are passionate about their tour content and narration and our objective is to immerse our guests in the best of Irish culture and history. We have for the past 6 years been dedicated to being the best in delivering extraordinary tour content that offers everything a visitor appreciates in a great well-organized tour such as not wasting precious time in line, incredible guides, engaging narration that aims to educate and entertain peppered with the Irish sense of humor. Thank you again from all the team. Best Regards, Ciaran
star-5
Fantastic Guide
James_K
, Sep 2021
Frankie was fantastic. So knowledgeable and personable. He engaged everyone in the group and made sure all our questions were answered. All without notes.
star-5
Best way to see Book of Kells.
Scott_F
, Sep 2021
Our guide Frankie was fantastic. The walking tour along the streets around Dublin Castle was very informative. Book of Kelly’s was very interesting and the library fantastic. Highly recommend.
star-5
history with humor
hillary_l
, Sep 2021
engaging and informative, sprinkled with humor and personality, plus a touch of macabre, the tour with Frankie was a great introduction to the “Black Pool” (aka Dublin)
star-5
Great tour
David_S
, Sep 2021
The Trinity College library was awesome. However what I will remember most will be the stories about Irish history and culture provided by our wonderful tour guide, Neil. He vastly enhanced my experience with his anecdotes. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi David, we really appreciate you taking the time to express your satisfaction with our fully guided tour hosted by Neil. He is a remarkable guide, passionate, so informative but yet so engaging with an incredible flair for storytelling. On behalf of all the team thank you for the 5 Star Review. It really is our goal to showcase Ireland's iconic culture and history in an interactive and informative manner that visitors have told us has been a huge highlight of their visit to the Emerald Isle. If you coming again to Ireland be sure to check out our other award-winning premium tours to Galway, Cork, Killarney, Kilkenny, Belfast, and Waterford.
star-5
Fabulous guide
Anne_P
, Sep 2021
Our guide, John, was absolutely excellent. He tailored the talk around our interests and was entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful.
star-5
Interesting
susan_b
, Sep 2021
I loved Kell’s and Trinity library. John was very knowledgeable and accommodating. They go out of their way to make you happy. Great experience
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Susan, thank you for your 5-star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and John's narration and making sure that you were well looked after. We pride ourselves on offering tours that are full of engagement and where guests feel comfortable and well looked after. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other European city tours such as London, Edinburgh, Paris, Malaga, and Amsterdam. Best Regards from all the team.
star-4
Memorable and informative
Jana_B
, Sep 2021
COVID has certainly made a dent in the tourism business and the old familiar main gate has now been moved to the Nassau entrance; therefore, we were late. Called the tour main office and despite being 15 minutes late, our guide, Neal McCourt came back to get myself and two nieces. Neal was an excellent guide, answering any and all questions with history and humor. Also tipped us off that the Book of Kells and Long Hall will be closed for an extended period for extensive updating. As this was my 5th time here, was very familiar with the history-despite which, Neal put his own slant on it & was light-hearted and provided additional detail I had not heard! The only reason for the 4 star rating was due to his walking pace. My nieces are 19 & 23 and they had no problem. I am, however, closer to 70 and despite keeping up, found it a little more tiring than leisurely. Would still recommend, but advise him to slow down a bit with seniors on board!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Jana, we are delighted to hear that you had a 5 -star tour experience. We work very hard as a team to deliver a premium star tour experience for our tour guests. Our guides have won accolades for their continuous dedication and delivery of interactive and engaging tour narration which you mentioned that you enjoyed. Regards the pace of the tour we offer guests an option of a private tour that allows guests to determine the exact pace and content that they wish compared to our group tours which have a specific itinerary and duration. We very much looking forward to seeing on another one of our extraordinary fully guided tours to some of the world’s iconic must-see attractions. Thanks again to all the team. Best Regards,
star-5
Very Satisfying Tour
Mary_C
, Sep 2021
I really enjoyed the tour with John. He was extremely knowledgeable and you could tell he enjoyed sharing the information with the tour. I had studied up on the Book of Kells and Irish history in general before my very short trip to Ireland, so the walk around Dublin Castle and then seeing the Book and library brought that history to life.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Mary, we are delighted and happy to hear that you had a 5 -tar tour experience. We work very hard a s a team to deliver a premium star tour experience for our tour guests. Our guides have won accolades for their continuous dedication and delivery of interactive and engaging tour narration which you mentioned that you enjoyed. We very much looking forward to seeing on another one of our extraordinary fully guided tours to some of the world’s iconic must-see attractions. Thanks again from all the team. Best Regards,
star-5
Informative tour
Neil_D
, Sep 2021
Neil was a good tour guide. There were only 3 in our group so he was able to receive our full attention. Neil had a great wealth of knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Guests, we are delighted and happy to hear that you had a 5 -tar tour experience. We work very hard as a team to deliver a premium star tour experience for our tour guests. Our guides have won accolades for their continuous dedication and delivery of interactive and engaging tour narration which you mentioned that you enjoyed. We very much looking forward to seeing on another one of our extraordinary fully guided tours to some of the world’s iconic must-see attractions. Best Regards,

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