Guided tour

Dublin: Fast-Track Book of Kells Ticket & Dublin Castle Tour

Activity provider: LetzGo City Tours Europe
Guided tour

Dublin: Fast-Track Book of Kells Ticket & Dublin Castle Tour

Activity provider: LetzGo City Tours Europe
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From US$ 67.55 per person

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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.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • 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
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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. This is 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. From Autumn/Fall 2023, the Library at Trinity College will be closed for renovations. The 9th-century Book of Kells will still be on display.

  • Entrance ticket to the Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • English speaking local guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Meeting Time: 15 minutes before the scheduled start time Meeting Place: Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2 Meeting Point: The Main Front Gate facing on to College Green

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Anybody under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older
  • 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.
  • From Autumn/Fall 2023 the Library at Trinity College will be closed for renovations. The 9th century Book of Kells will still be on display.
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We had a booking that had to be changed. Get Your Guide went out of their way to change the booking. They even added our 3yr old to the booking (which I forgot to do because he was free but still had to be added). The actual tour was fantastic, to say the least. First and foremost, the meeting point was well marked with our very informative guide (Neil McCourt from LetzGo City Tours) already waiting for us. We were a diverse bunch of people in our group and Neil made a point of, during his incredible storytelling and history lessons, referencing how different countries and cultures linked into this guided tour. He also included our 7 year old in his storytelling and played the game well when our 3 year old wanted a few high fives along the way! Neil really, really knows his stuff and his passion for history architecture and art really shone through. In addition, he is incredibly funny with a sense of humor we haven't experienced in many tour guides. A must see tour for sure!

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February 19, 2023

Our tour guide Brian Molloy was amazing and seemed really passionate about the tour. He knew so much about the history of Ireland and showed us many historical places and explained many historical stories about the Irish and the Vikings, we even got to see Bram Stokers office. It was very cold so make sure if you go in the winter though like we did to dress warm. But overall it was an amazing experience and we're very happy we did it

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November 19, 2022

The combined tour is ideal for people who are only in the city for a few days and therefore want to get a lot of information in a short time. Our tour guide John conducted the tour very professionally and gave us a lot of interesting information along the way. Unfortunately, you can't get into the castle as a group (at least that's how I understood it). So we stood in front of the castle for a long time and listened to the tour guide's explanations.

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October 29, 2022

Product ID: 53768