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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-5
Wonderful experience
Jasmine_S
, Jul 2022
This was a wonderful afternoon tour. Our guide Patrick was wonderful and really brought everything to life.
star-1
Do not book the book of...
Jennifer_B
, Jul 2022
Do not book the book of Kells thru viator. Viator.. I followed instructions was at meeting point. No one showed up for tour. Ticket collector said she has no idea what Viator is selling lots of people being turned away by purchasing thru Viator. Have been trying to get a refund, Viator has been giving me a hard time. Do not recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
dear Jennifer, our tour did indeed operate as we are the local Tour Operator however you have left a review of Viator. Our tour operated with lots of other Viator booked guests who all showed up on time and at the right location. Unfortunately, you did not show up at the designated time or location as indicated on your tour Voucher. To participate in the tour, you need to show up to meet our expert local guide but we never heard from you nor did you contact us to say you were lost or could not make the tour or running late. Sorry, you couldn't make it. Best Regards,
star-5
Great tour!
Janice_K
, Jul 2022
Neil McCourt was our guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly and funny! Definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Janice, Thank you so much for your 5-star review of our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castel tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed both the extraordinary content and of curse our local expert guide, Neil. Neil is a master storyteller and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and passion to our tour guests. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards from All the Team
star-5
Great history and fun stories
Victoria_T
, Jun 2022
Loved learning about the Book of Kells and the Long Room. Roger sang us a song by the Molly Malone statue. Had great stories, good energy. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Victoria, Thank you so much for your 5-star review of our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castle tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed both the extraordinary content and of curse our local expert guide, Roger. Roger, is an extraordinary storyteller and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and insights to our tour guests. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards from All the Team
star-5
Best way to see the book of Kells
MaryKatherine_P
, Jun 2022
Jacqui was an excellent guide. She used visual aids that she carried with her to explain details that truly enhanced my experience. The gardens at Dublin Castle were a highlight.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Mary, Thank you so much for your 5-star review of our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castle tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed both the extraordinary content and of curse our local expert guide, Jacqui. Jacqui, is an extraordinary storyteller and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and insights to our overseas tour guests and it appears her incredible tour presentation was very much present on your tour. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards from All the Team
star-5
Jacqui was knowledgeable,...
Gary_C
, Jun 2022
Jacqui was knowledgeable, entertaining and well organized. We had fun and an interesting interesting time
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Gary, thank you so much for your 5-star review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and our local expert guide, Jacqui. She is passionate about giving our guests an incredible tour experience and sharing her incredible insights and knowledge in an engaging, entertaining, and friendly way. Thanks from all the team at LetzGo City Tours. Best Regards,
star-3
Better value to DIY
Michelle_C
, Jun 2022
The guide was nice and knowledgeable and had a few good/funny stories. Otherwise this could’ve been self guided. He wasn’t allowed to talk In the Kells Book room, the library was cool, couldn’t talk in there, and we didnt go to the inner courtyard of the Dublin castle or speak beyond that wall. So most of the time he wasn’t allowed to have a tour in the areas we wanted to tour. Not sure what lines we skipped on the skip the line tour. Nothing inside the castle either. But like I said the guide was nice.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your 5-star review of our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castel tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed both the extraordinary content and of curse our local expert guide. Of course, everything in life can be self-guided however in the hands of an expert local guide who is full of insights and incredible knowledge one can see and learn so much more than you could ever on your own, not to mention the amount of fun you can have too. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards from All the Team
star-5
very informative guide
Michael_l
, Jun 2022
Great tour. Our guide was very informative and provide much insight into the history on the tour. He was also very humorous. There is fair amount of walking so if you have issue with that it could be tiring.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Mary, Thank you so much for your 5-star review of our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castle tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed both the extraordinary content and of curse our local expert guide. Our expert team of local guides are extraordinary storytellers and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and insights to our visitors and it appears their incredible tour presentation were very much present on your tour. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards from All the Team
star-5
Amazing experience
Miranda_S
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Jaqui, was the best. It was all worth seeing and learning about. Jacqui kept our interest without sounding like a long lecture. Amazing work
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your 5-star review of our award-winning Book of Kells and Dublin Castle tour. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed both the extraordinary content and of curse our local expert guide, Jacqui. Jacqui, is an extraordinary storyteller and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and insights to our overseas tour guests and it appears her incredible tour presentation was very much present on your tour. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our other fully guided tours throughout Europe. Best Regards from All the Team
star-5
Trinity library
Robert_P
, Jun 2022
It was a wonderful experience. The library is incredible. I'd love to have a library card here. The history of the book is extremely interesting.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Robert, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour content and our expert local guide. We are delighted you enjoyed the out so much. We very much look forward to seeing you on tour again in one of our other cities. Best Regards,
star-5
Book of Kells.
Bilinda_M
, Jun 2022
I skipped the Dublin Castle part because I had been there before. The Trinity Library and Book of Kells was a terrific exhibit and the guide was very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Bilinda, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour content and our expert local guide. We are delighted you enjoyed the out so much. We very much look forward to seeing you on tour again in one of our other cities. Best Regards,
star-5
Splendid
Kaylene
, Jun 2022
So much insight and genuine joy for history. Antonio was very caring and made everyone feel welcome and valued. He was insightful, and gave people room to explore when we were in spaces that worked. He makes an excellent guide.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Kaylene, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour content and our expert local guide, Antonio. He is a treasure himself and are delighted he is a part of our award-winning tour guide tam. We are delighted you enjoyed the out so much. We very much look forward to seeing you on tour again in one of our other cities. Best Regards, From All the Team
star-5
Great tour - well worth it
Brendan_G
, Jun 2022
Our walking tour was outstanding. Our guide, Antonio gave us introductions to what we would see at each step along the way. He taught us about the symbolism we would find in the art. He wasn't full of dry, historical facts. He really made the Book of Kells a special event. The library was a most impressive visit. We would not have ever chosen to visit the Powerscourt Mall, we aren't mall people. Antonio gave us the background & this was a real hidden gem. The bank of Dublin - not just a bank. Dublin Castle, the gardens, the tribute to journalist Veronica Guerin. We would not have discovered or understood the significance without a guide. Antonio was fabulous. This was an outstanding walking tour & really added to our visit to Dublin.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Brenda, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour content and our expert local guide, Antonio. We are delighted you enjoyed the out so much. We very much look forward to seeing you on tour again in one of our other cities. Best Regards,
star-5
Book of Kelly’s Tour
Lourdes_A
, Jun 2022
Must see when visiting Dublin. Frankie was a very knowledgeable guide and very approachable. No question was difficult for him to answer.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Lourde, thank you for your 5-star review of the tour content and our expert local guide. We are delighted you enjoyed the out so much. We very much look forward to seeing you on tour again in one of our other cities. Best Regards,
star-5
We learned so much!
Rebecca_V
, Jun 2022
This walking tour was so good. Very entertaining and informative. Just seeing the Book of Kells without having the historical context wouldn't have allowed us to understand the how much it has been through over hundreds of years. Our guide did an awesome job at making this fun and educational at the same time. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour!
Robin_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable, clear-spoken, and on time; and we enjoyed hearing his anecdotes as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Tooong winded off subject monopolized too much time talking
Deborah_R
, Jun 2022
Loved the history and the tour. Guide was incredibly knowledgeable but had no respect for time we wanted to explore. Gave baf directions back to Arcade shipping center for sought after gifts. Too long for what it was but great to experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Debora, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards,
star-4
The Library is Amazing
Karen_B
, Jun 2022
The library is stunning. They are closing it for renovations at the end of this year so see it while you can. The Book Of Kells is beautiful and due to its age, they only show one page. There are enlarged photos on the walls to show different pages and the incredible detail. Our guide, Frankie, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He walked us through town and spoke about the different buildings and statues and that was interesting. The castle was a bit of a let down after seeing several others around Ireland.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Karen, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide, Frankie. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards,
star-5
Best guide for an amazing tour!
Wayne
, Jun 2022
Way more than expected and a definite highlight of our stay in Dublin. From the moment we met our guide, Patrick Dunne, we knew we were in for a treat. If Patrick were to have been my history professor, I would have loved school. His knowledge, passions, and style are unparalleled. Add that to the amazing experience of seeing the Book of Kells, and the Castle and you have one heck of a great experience. Also, and actually my favorite part, other than Patrick, was walking into the “long room” of the Trinity College library. It felt surreal and magical. We had all seen pictures of it, but there is something about being there in person. I will never forget the felling. I so highly recommended this tour and I truly suggest people try to request getting Patrick Dunne as their guide. I don’t know if it works that way but hopefully you all end up with him. Thank you Patrick! You are special. Wayne, Debbie and Peggy
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Karen, thank you for your 5-star review of both the tour content and our local expert guide, Pat. We are delighted that you really enjoyed his incredible narration and storytelling as well as all the extraordinary tour stops. We are dedicated to creating incredible tour experiences that highlight the very best of Dublin and its many iconic cultural and historical landmarks. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our many award-winning fully curated tours led by the best local guides in Dublin. Best Regards,
star-5
Loved all the history....
akrccj
, Jun 2022
Loved all the history. Great tour guide! He had a great since of humor and very knowledgeable. It was long but went by quickly and had some breaks.

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