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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
  • Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour
  • Enjoy early access to Trinity College Library and see the Book of Kells without the crowds
  • Learn about the artistry, meaning, and symbolism of this revered illuminated manuscript from an expert guide
  • Tour the grounds of Dublin Castle, hearing fascinating stories of its years as a prison, military fortress, and the seat of English Administration in Ireland

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the Book of Kells without the crowds with early-access admission to the Trinity College Library.
Tour is led by an expert english speaking local guide
Entry to the College Treasury to view the 9th Century Book of Kells
Entry to the Oldest Vaulted Library in Europe
Visit to the 16th Century Trinity College campus
Entry to "Turning Darkness into Light" Exhibition
Exterior tour of the13th Century Dublin Castle
Visit to the Dublin Castle Victorian Gardens
Visit the first 9th century Viking landing spot in Dublin
From 4 Nov 2019 to early March 2020 the Book will be replaced by the only approved Fine Arts version
Transportation
Interior visit to Dublin Castle

Departure Point

Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Anybody under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by somebody aged 18 years or older.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves walking, including over uneven surfaces, cobblestones, hills, inclines, declines and stairs.
  • Participants should be in good health - consult first with your doctor if you have any medical condition or are not used to regular exercise.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LetzGo City Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This tour is also a must while in Dublin even if you have to go the earliest one at 8 am, it fills up very quickly, Loved it!" See review
  • "It is worth the investment to skip the lines because even the "limited" lines were LONG." See review

Reviews

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A brilliant tour !
Ruth_O
, Sep 2020
Myself and my husband did this tour with Brian on the 28th of August. We actually live in Dublin but were on a one night hotel break in the city and wanted to see the Book of Kells. Brian was a wealth of knowledge and we learned so much about Irish history on the tour. He had so many interesting facts about the city and we saw it in a completely different light. Dublin Castle was fascinating. I've walked through it so many times but only knew a fraction of the history of the castle and surrounds. To be honest I've always found history a bit boring but Brian was so entertaining and information that I bought a book on the history of Dublin before we headed home. Thanks so much and I will definitely be booking more tours in the future .
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Ruth, thank you so much for your 5 star review. We have been curating tours for the past 6 years delivered by exceptional guides like Brian. We only work with inedibly talented guides that are passionate about their city and country and have a knack for creating a narrative that is engaging, educational but above all interesting with lots of information punctuated with an Irish sense of humor, so lots of good laughs along the way. It appears Brian did all that on your tour so we are delighted that you appreciated the content of the tour and its many highlights. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Best Regards, The team at LetzGo City Tours
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Educational
Sheri_S
, Jun 2020
My guide was awesome! I know this review is really late, but I am so glad that they waited for me, my flight was delayed in the US and by the time I got there, I was running, but so glad that I made it. Great info.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Sheri, hey we are delighted that you made your tour. We always do our very best to work with our guests, so we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Our guides have been rated as some of the best in Ireland and have consistently won top reviews for their passion and authentic hospitality and of course for their incredible narration and storytelling abilities. During these difficult times its great to receive your review and we look forward to hosting you again on a visit to one of our European destinations. We are going to be restarting operations on August 10th all the way through winter 2020/21 so we are here when you can travel again. All the Best The Team
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A great time seeing the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
Luther_O
, Mar 2020
We had a very nice time on our tour of the Book of Kells and the exterior of Dublin Castle. Our tour guide, Brian, was very knowledgable and full of passion and enthusiasm. We enjoyed all of the history Brian was able to share and appreciated the stories he told along the way. This was our second walking tour of our week-long trip to Ireland, and would recommend it for adult travelers.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Guest, we are delighted that you enjoyed your tour. We are passionate about what we do and our guides are great ambassadors for incredible insights and knowledge into Irish life, culture and history. For the past 6 years we have delivered on our promise to make sure our guests have the best tour experience which seem to be the case on your tour too. Thank you for taking the time to express how much you enjoyed our tour. Best Regards, From All the Team at LetzGo City Tours.
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COVID-19 be Damned! A Tour of Dublin with your mates
Joseph_G
, Mar 2020
In spite of the chaos surrounding COVID-19 and all the closures, Neil took the time to meet us anyway, having missed the notification that Trinity College had been completely closed to tourists. Our first day in Dublin was saved! We got a private tour filled with laughs and education on the city and history of Dublin, including Dublin Castle. As our host said, it felt as though it were a walk on the town with your mates. We had a great experience! Thank you Neil!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Joseph, thank you for taking the time to express your satisfaction with our tour. I am delighted that Neil showed you a great time during these difficult times and that Neil showed you the best of the city. He is an excellent guide with incredible storytelling abilities and possesses an incredible skill of presenting history in a very engaging, humouress and educational way. Thanks again Joseph for your 5 star review. All the team at LetzGo City Tours
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Cancelled but not told
Kelli
, Mar 2020
The Book of Kells was closed for health and safety reasons the day prior to my tour which means I could have cancelled and received a full refund but instead of Viator reaching out to me either with text message or email I found out at time of tour and now will have to argue with Viator to get my money back. Waste of my time which could have been spent elsewhere in the beautiful city.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hi Kelli, due to the Covid crisis things in the beginning where changing on an hourly basis. All our partners have issued full refunds to our guests who could not visit due to venues being closed. Obviously this is something out of our control but we are here to help should you have any additional questions. Please contact us if you are visiting Dublin or anyone of our other European cities such as Amsterdam, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Malaga or Barcelona. We would love to show you the best of these cities too once we can re open our operations. If you are coming back to Ireland we would be delighted to book you on one of our tours in Galway, Waterford or Killarney. Thanks again for your review.
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Wonderful Experience
Erin
, Feb 2020
This tour was fantastic! Our guide was Neil and he had so much information to share with us through the tour, so many fascinating stories. I recommend this to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Erin, thank you so much for your 5 star review. Neil is a great guide and is passionate about our history culture and zest for live here on the Emerald Isle. Our Fast Track tour of the Book of Kells has been rated as the best way to discover one of the most incredible manuscripts in the world affording an opportunity or visitors to fully understand this incredible 9th century book, its importance then and now and how to understand it incredible images and writings. We understand that gusts do not want to spend precious time in line waiting to see the book hence our reason for creating a fast track opportunity that affords visitors a great opportunity to visit two of Dublin's top attractions with a expert local guide who delivers a great tour experience full of insights and stories that will elevate your tour experience - which is evident on your tour with Neil. He is so passionate and dedicated to making sure our tour guests have a great time. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour and we look forward to seeing you again on tour in one of our other cities throughout Europe.
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Perfect for those wanting to learn the history of Dublin
DCUNNINGHAM2090
, Feb 2020
Neil was an excellent tour guide. He shared his wonderful insights and anecdotes about the history of Dublin and Ireland in addition to his vast knowledge of the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Guest, thank you for your review and special mention about Neil one of our local Dublin guides. We are delighted that you enjoyed our tour and appreciate the Book of Kells as a must-see when visiting Dublin. As this is a priceless artifact from the 9th century it is very important to preserve this magnificent manuscript for our present & future generations. Our Guides are known throughout Ireland for their dedications and passion and have been accredited for their remarkable knowledge and insight to provide visitors with a fully guided premium tour with a professional local guide that can show you the best of the Book of Kells experience and to the magnificent vaulted Library the largest in Europe. Also our tour is the only tour that exists that combines two of Ireland's top attractions in the one tour - both the Book fo Kells and to the 13th century Dublin Castle. Our guides lead you on a compelling engaging tour that will show you the very best of these top attractions with Fast Track entrance affording our tour guests the best opportunity to not waste precious time in line and see the both the Book fo Kells and Dublin Castle in the most compelling and engaging manner with truly passionate, insightful and caring local professional guides. We would like to thank you for sharing your experience and look forward to seeing you again in one of our other cities. From al the team at LetzGo City Tours
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Knowledgeable and Entertaining Guide - Easy & Flexible Booking System
marthanelson55
, Feb 2020
Our guide Neil was very knowledgeable and entertaining - I learned so much and especially enjoyed the easy visit to the library. I also would use Viator again; it was my first time (recommended by a friend) and although I had to change my dates and had several questions by email, their staff were quick to respond and helpful -- important when you're traveling in a strange place.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Martha, Thank you for your review and special mention about Neil one of our local Dublin guides. We are delighted that you enjoyed our tour and appreciate the Book of Kells as a must-see when visiting Dublin. As this is a priceless artifact from the 9th century it is very important to preserve this magnificent manuscript for our present & future generations. Our Guides are known throughout Ireland for their dedications and passion and have been accredited for their remarkable knowledge and insight to provide visitors with a fully guided premium tour with a professional local guide that can show you the best of the Book of Kells experience and to the magnificent vaulted Library the largest in Europe. Also our tour is the only tour that exists that combines two of Ireland's top attractions in the one tour - both the Book fo Kells and to the 13th century Dublin Castle. Our guides lead you on a compelling engaging tour that will show you the very best of these top attractions with Fast Track entrance affording our tour guests the best opportunity to not waste precious time in line and see the both the Book fo Kells and Dublin Castle in the most compelling and engaging manner with truly passionate, insightful and caring local professional guides. We would like to thank you for sharing your experience and mentioning the fact that it was so easy to book and that the customer service was greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again in one of our other cities. From all the team at LetzGo City Tours
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Kells
applehorse
, Feb 2020
Very much enjoyed the people in the group as well as our guide. The insights to the place and history was new and novel. Great job. Peter Mc Philadelphia
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Peter, thank you for your very positive review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and that you appreciated not only our insightful guide but also the tour content as well as the company of your fellow guests. We thoroughly agree with you that our guides are experts in sharing our fascinating history and culture and that our tour value is in the content of the tours narrated by our reward winning guides that make our tours stand-out as premium quality sightseeing tours offering incredible engaging content to Dublin's wonderful cultural and historical attractions. On behalf of all the team, a sincere thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. Peter, we look forward to welcoming you to our other European cities. Best Regards,
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Dublin trip
rita
, Feb 2020
Wonderful place. Excellent guide. Most informative and good company. We loved it and learnt lots. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Rita, thank you for your very positive review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour and appreciated not only our insightful guide but also the inclusion of Skip the Line tickets to the incredible Book of Kells. We thoroughly agree with you that our guides are experts in sharing our fascinating history and culture and that our tour value is in the content of the tours narrated by our reward winning guides that make our tours stand-out as premium quality sightseeing tours offering incredible engaging content to Dublin's wonderful cultural and historical attractions. On behalf of all the team, a sincere thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. Best Regards,

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