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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.
Locations visited
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin Castle
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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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 
  • Tour Trinity College’s library and Dublin Castle, learning about each spot 
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your busy sightseeing schedule
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Book of Kells Early Acces Tour with Dublin Castle

We got early access, and by the time we were leaving it was nearly impossible to get a good look otherwise. Lots of good extra advice on pubs, restaurants, additional sights to take in from our guide Neil.

Thank Inspiration656921
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Quick-paced tour of the Book of Kells

Although we were two minutes late, Neil allowed us to join in the tour. We had a short amount of time to see the Book of Kells and the exhibition. What we did see was illuminating! It was unfortunate that we were not allowed to...More

Thank Rita V
Reviewed 5 days ago
Very informative

The guide was excellent. We learned about the Book of Kells as we viewed it. We then went for a stroll trough the streets as the guide provided information about Dublin. We ended at the Dublin Castle. The guide was excellent and we learned much...More

Thank Kathryn W
Reviewed 6 days ago
Very Impressive. A Must See

We were more impressed with the Library than the Book of Kells. The architecture and the physical beauty of the building was a masterpiece.

Thank Perri F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Worth the money!

We booked this tour to get in early to see the Book of Kells early, since it get very busy with long lines later in the day. This tour was even better than we hoped, since we also had a wonderful tour guide, Brian. He...More

Thank Jordan K
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September 10, 2018|
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We were ready to enter the building by 8:30 a.m. It was about a 2 hour walking tour.
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I think we had about 15 in our group at the beginning, but some dropped out along the way (I believe they left after Trinity College tour, before the castle). The guide gives you plenty of time at the Book of Kells. We had... More
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