Early Access: Book Of Kells Including Exterior Tour Of Dublin Castle

111 Reviews 5 Write a Review
From USD 52.82
Lowest Price Guaranteed

Tour Information

Tour Details

Overview

Discover one of the most important highlights of Irish heritage on this early access fully guided tour. You will explore the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation, multi-layered symbolism and meaning. It is known for its world-renowned artistry, as well as its many hidden secrets and mysteries dating back to the 800 AD. This early access tour offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition experience without the hustle and bustle of large crowds. Next, continue on this fascinating walking tour to explore Dublin Castle and its medieval streets located within the original city walls of Dublin.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Excellent value for money

Know More about this tour

The Book of Kells located within the walls of Trinity College Dublin was written around 800AD. This beautiful and fascinating masterpiece is considered the greatest example of medieval illumination for over 1,200 years. Described in the Annals of Ulster in 1007 as ‘the most precious object in the western world,’ the historic and cultural significance of the Book of Kells has only increased over time. Named for its original home in the Abbey of Kells, the manuscript is now displayed in Dublin’s beautiful 16th century Trinity College Library. Together with our expert 5 star guides, you’ll explore the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation, multi-layered symbolism and meaning, and its world-renowned artistry, as well as its many hidden secrets and mysteries. This early access tour offers visitors to Dublin a one of a kind opportunity to enjoy the exhibition experience without the hustle and bustle of crowds. On this tour your guide will ensure an up close visit of the Book of Kells and Old Library.

Continue on your tour to Dublin Castle, located in the heart of historic Dublin. The castle was originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it has operated as a military fortress, treasury, a prison, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. On this exterior tour, you will have the chance to visit the Garden, the Upper & Lower State Yards, the original Record Tower and Octagonal Towers and other highlights. Your guide will reveal secrets including why a very unique and different Lady of Justice stands over the Castle walls in addition to other tales of mystery and intrigue, including the disappearance of the Irish Crown Jewels and the famous Gothic Count created within the Castle's walls.

You will also see Ireland’s only official Statue of Molly Molone (Dublin’s mascot), “The Victorian 18th century Georges Street Arcade” shopping center as well as stunning Georgian masterpiece "Powerscourt Center".

Inclusions for Early Access: Book Of Kells Including Exterior Tour Of Dublin Castle

  • Entry to Book of Kells
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour

Exclusions for Early Access: Book Of Kells Including Exterior Tour Of Dublin Castle

  • Transportation
  • Entry to Dublin Castle

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not wheelchair accessible

Wheelchairs, motorized scooters or any other device to assist mobility are not recommended

Unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
Reviews

Write A Review

111 reviews by the users

  • If early access means getting there early, ok. But that's not what we expected. We were in line with everybody else. We did get to see the Book of Kells and the exterior of the Dublin Castle, but we could have done that on our own.

  • This place has so much history, and its amazing to see. My daughter now wants to go study in Dublin because of its beauty.

  • This is worth every penny! Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy! Brian was a hoot.

  • Brian was a terrific guide. He was informative and funny. It was great to get into see the Book of Kells before the crowd. The exterior tour of the Dublin Castle led me to the gem of my trip, the Chester Beatty Library which Brian recommended.

  • Wonderful tour, our guide Neil McCourt was very knowledgeable. He made the tour light-hearted, fun, and informative! Highly recommend!

  • The guide was outstanding and so delightful. Well worth going early and getting there prior to the crowds.

  • Beautiful! The traditional Harp of ireland was inspirational. The Book of Kells and its history had us mesmerized.

  • See it almost on your own, avoid lines and save time, well organized

  • Neil was a fantastic guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, took time to answer questions even from people not in our group, and spent extra time with us. After seeing the exterior of the Castle and getting the history from Neil, I didn't feel a need to do the inside portion though, my friend and I had already been inside two other castles/palaces in the same week so that may have had something to do with it. I definitely recommend doing this in the morning - we didn't have to wait to see the Book of Kells at all, and since we were the first ones in, there was no crowding around to see it and we were able to take our time in the book's room.

  • Neil was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable and took time to answer questions and give history on everything we saw. After walking around the exterior of Dublin Castle and getting the history from him, I didn't feel a need to go inside. Definitely do the morning tour, if you can - we didn't have to wait at all to see the Book of Kells, and because we were the first ones in the door, there was no crowding around the exhibit to see the book.

  • Show More
USD 46.5