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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Product ID: 53768
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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.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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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 Annals of Ulster, on a cultural skip-the-line 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
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

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
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
4.5 / 5
based on 148 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.8/5

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LetzGo City Tours Europe

Product ID: 53768