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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-3
The tour guide was great,...
cdavilaa
, Aug 2022
The tour guide was great, the tour very interesting but one of the reasons I book the tour was to see the Dublin Castle and we did not go inside. I think you should specify this when promoting it.
star-5
Irish hearts are gold.
CraigMA
, Aug 2022
History is interesting and the history of Ireland has changed the world. The impact the Irish have made across the world is amazing.
star-5
Viator is a name you can depend on.
David_K
, Aug 2022
The beauty of the Book of Kells were breath taking. A wonderful opportunity to see so much in a very short period if time.
star-1
Don’t book with Viator!
Sherry_P
, Aug 2022
When I added another person to my 8/30 reservation the system defaulted 8/5. Viator could easily added a prompt alerting the user with date change when additional person added.! The reply from Viator agent you have to cancel & make a new reservation! What kind of rinky dink system is that!
star-5
Dublin walking Tour
Susan_B
, Aug 2022
Really great walking tour, thanks to Neil. Very informative and some great history and anecdotes. I want to go back to the book of Kells and spend more time at that exhibit is my only wish for a slightly longer tour, perhaps.
star-5
Antonio did a great job
jason_s
, Aug 2022
Antonio was our guide and enhanced the entire experience. Great knowledge on the Book of Kells and also provided excellent tips to places to visit in and around the Dublin area. Highly recommend this tour with Antonio.
star-4
Great tour guide. Poor info from Viator
rbqg284xpm
, Aug 2022
The most memorable part of our tour was our tour guide, Jerry. He was great. We learned a lot. However, the meet-up instructions on Viator were incorrect. We missed the first 20-30 minutes with Jerry while we were on he phone with the tour company trying to figure out how to connect with Jerry and the group.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello and thank you for the high recommendation for our tour and for Jerry, your expert local guide. Sorry that your Tour Voucher had incorrect information on it. This has been sent to Viator for their attention. Best Regards from all the Team Ciaran
star-5
To Trinity and beyond
Marissa_T
, Aug 2022
Neal was funny and interesting and made sure we knew exactly how to maximize our experience both during and even after the tour. Library is a must see and the castle history was surprisingly interesting.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Marissa, thank you so much for your 5-star review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the tour with your local expert guide Neil and his engaging stories about Irish and Dublin history including our 13th-century Dublin Castle. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. To Trinity and Beyond! Best Regards from Al the Team
star-5
Excellent tour
Robin_P
, Aug 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable about the Book of Kells as well as Irish history. He made sure everyone had an opportunity to ask questions and pointed out lots of interesting history on the way from Trinity College to the castle gardens.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Robin, thank you so much for your 5-star review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the tour with your local expert guide and their engaging stories about Irish and Dublin history including our 13th-century Dublin Castle. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards, Ciaran
star-5
Soaking up history!☘️
Wendy_R
, Aug 2022
Moira was very knowledgeable and personable! She really maximized the time we had to see Trinity, Book of Kells exhibits and on walking tour to Dublin Castle pointed out numerous points of interest along the way and shared lots of history and perspective. Just what we hoped for. Wendy ☘️🌹
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Wendy, It's great to hear that you had an excellent time on tour and that you enjoyed the narration and guidance given by our expert local tour guide, Moira. We look forward to seeing you again on tour very shortly. Best Regards, Ciaran
star-4
See Long Hall before it closes for renovation.
Kimberly_F
, Aug 2022
The Long Hall at the Book of Kells tour was very impressive. Our guide Laura told us great stories and presented history with enthusiasm and a bit of theater. Well done.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Kimberly, It's great to hear that you had an excellent time on tour and that you enjoyed the narration and guidance given by our expert local tour guide as well as seeing first-hand the extraordinary vaulted library of the 16th-century university. We look forward to seeing you again on tour very shortly. Best Regards,
star-5
Favorite Tour
Regina_B
, Aug 2022
Fabulous tour which includes the Book of Kells in Trinity Library plus a wonderful walking tour of the city and Dublin castle. Neil was an information and excellent tour guide. This is a must do!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Regina, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour and your expert local guide, Neil. We are delighted to hear that you highly recommend the tour as a "MUST DO". Thank you from all the Team
star-5
One day in Dublin
Ron_L
, Aug 2022
We were for one day and Neil made it a wonderful experience with his knowledge and jokes. He took us to places we would have never found.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Ron, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour and your expert local guide, Neil. We are delighted to hear that you highly recommend the tour as a great way to find out so much more about Dublin, much more than you could ever do on your own. All the Best from all the Team
star-5
The Old Library was even...
Jennifer_D
, Aug 2022
The Old Library was even better in person. We left the tour early because it was raining and we didn’t have umbrellas. Tour guide was very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Jennifer, it's great to hear that you have enjoyed the Book of Kells Tour and Dublin Castle and your local expert guide. We look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
star-3
So so
chaya_m
, Aug 2022
The tour was interesting but we walked around for about an hour before entering the library. I think I would have enjoyed the place without the tour
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Chaya, the walk you were on is to Dublin Castle so it appears that you could have been on our Guinness and Whiskey before you did our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castel tour. To see our city, it is best done on foot as you can discover some of the most impressive sights while walking our narrow cobblestone alleys Best Regards from All the team
star-5
Rain but shining on the inside
KristeySlyter_W
, Aug 2022
With umbrellas overhead, we listened to our guide bring the story of the Book of Kells to life. We really enjoyed the details, the history, the beautiful library and books, as well as helping us find the Dublin Castle ‘gems,’ one being the free museum next door. Great! Wouldn’t miss this stop.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Kristey, it's great to hear that you have enjoyed the Book of Kells Tour and Dublin Castle and your local expert guide. We look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
star-5
Kells and castle tour
Suzanne_H
, Aug 2022
Guide was knowledgeable Took first tour of the day. It does fill up . Give yourself time to find starting spot
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Suzanne, it's great to hear that you have enjoyed the Book of Kells Tour and Dublin Castle and your local expert guide. We look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
star-3
Too little time
dad2007
, Jul 2022
We were not given ample time to see the Book of Kells and Library. The guide spent more time outside the Dublin Castle talking.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, it's great to hear that you have enjoyed the tour so much and that your local expert guide showed you the highlights of the Book of Kells as well as seeing Europe's largest vaulted library. We look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Insights into Irish History
Kathryn_H
, Jul 2022
What a wonderful tour. Our guide was knowledgable about the Book of Kells and Trinity. Lots of little details I did not know. I was going to skip the Castle tour (I had done the paid tour the day before) but out guide did such a nice job of storytelling the events of Irish Independence, glad I stuck around.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Kathyrn, it's great to hear that you have enjoyed the tour so much and that your local expert guide showed you the highlights of the Book of Kells as well as seeing Europe's largest vaulted library. We look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards,
star-5
Perfect Balance
Donna_B
, Jul 2022
Maura was an excellent guide. Very informative and energetic. The tour had a good balance of history, attraction and photo opportunities.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Great to hear Donna, that you enjoyed your tour and Maura, your expert local guide. It's also wonderful to know you enjoyed the content and balance of the tour as well as the photo opportunities. We look forward to seeing you again on tour. Best Regards, From All the Team at LetzGo City Tours

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