Guided tour

Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

From $57.66 per person

Enter the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin to see the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Learn about its dense symbolism and rich ornamentation. Then, explore the grounds and gardens of Dublin Castle, former seat of British rule in Ireland.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover up close the finest example of Ireland's most important medieval illuminated manuscripts
  • Wander the gardens and grounds of Dublin Castle
  • Learn about the rich symbolism of the Book of Kells with an expert local guide
  • See and walk through Europe's largest vaulted library
  • Discover hidden highlights of Dublin
  • Explore Dublin Castle's intriguing exterior and gardens
Full description
Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.
Includes
  • Entrance ticket to the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves considerable walking, including over uneven surfaces, inclines, declines, and stairs
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions
  • All participants should be in good health; consult your doctor if you have any medical condition or are not used to regular exercise
  • Wheelchairs, motorized scooters, or any other device to assist mobility are not recommended, as all footpaths and curbs may not will have suitable ramps
  • Please inform the tour partner of any physical disabilities or limitations so they can determine the appropriateness of the tour
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Changes or cancellations requested less than 24 hours before the tour departure time are not possible.
  • Minimum numbers apply - there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation
  •  From November 4, 2019 to early March 2020, the Book of Kells will be replaced with the only approved Fine Arts version; all other aspects of the tour remain unchanged
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 172 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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Amazing! We had a wonderful guide Neal McCourt who shared with us so much context and knowledge about what we were seeing. We also got a tour around the surrounding area and he showed us some great hidden gems we would have never found. What an excellent way to spend the morning and so worth the money.

August 22, 2021

What an excellent visit facilitated by the passion and enthusiasm of Anne our guide. Anne brought history, the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle and surrounding area to life with in depth knowledge humour and an entertaining delivery which was captivating! How lucky were we to have Anne as our guide!

January 12, 2020

The tour was really great, with our tour guide Anne being exceptional. She was witty, fun, and extra informative, making a special effort to remember everybody's names and where they came from. She also tried to bring relevance to the history by tying in her stories to the history of other parts if the world where those in the group were from. A nice touch! The only negative was that I thought it was a bit pricey for a walking tour. There were no headsets supplied, so when we walked amongst the crowds from one place to the other it was not possible to hear what was being said. Headsets and a slightly lower price-point would have earned a 5.

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November 9, 2019

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