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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Activity provider: LetzGo City Tours Europe

Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Activity provider: LetzGo City Tours Europe
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From US$ 61.61 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.

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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
  • Explore Dublin Castle's intriguing exterior and gardens
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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.

An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

  • Entrance ticket to the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the main gate to Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2

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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

  • 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
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based on 251 reviews

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It was an interesting tour to the places to see in Dublin. Donel, our guide, was speaking loudly and clearly. And he really enjoyed telling us about the Irish History and Revolutions. He has a great knowledge and was very wiling to share it with us. Thank you, Donel, I really enjoyed the tour with you. There´s one thing to be mentioned: If you have booked the 2 hour walking tour as well (like I have), don´t book this tour. I had the 2-hour-walking-tour through Dublin in the morning and the Dublin Castle and Book of Kells tour in the afternoon and Donel told exactly the same facts and we went to exactly the same places.

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May 24, 2022

Niel - our guide, is punctual, very knowledgeable, careful, looks after everyone, engages with every member of the group, tells a little story about evey place he shows you, makes nice jokes ☺️ - I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere; he als made recommendations for place to go / eat and I even went for lunch to a place he recommended and I admit, it was one of the best culinary experiences. I do recommend him / his agency. Thank you for such a nice presentation of your country, history, culture!

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April 10, 2022

Antonio was amazing. Loved brief tours of Trinity Uni on the way to the Book of Kells. That was rather small, but fascinating. It came to life in rooms full of expanded, gorgeous enlargements of various pages and "folios." We lost our way to the castle. Our fault. But we're sure it's a great tour of the castle as well with our fun, new Italian friend, Antonio - the Sheperds

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March 26, 2022

Product ID: 53768