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

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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

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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 Dublins beautiful 16th century Trinity College Library. Together with our expert 5 star guides, youll 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 Irelands only official Statue of Molly Molone (Dublins 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.
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  • Well worth the experience. Our tour guide was very informative and getting in early is definitely worth it!

  • This tour was 100 worth it! Brian took us straight through to the Book of Kells nimbly avoiding everyone else checking out the exhibits along the way so we got to enjoy a few minutes without anyone else in the room. The book and the Long Library are beautiful, but I would not have enjoyed them so much if we didn't have the great history and facts provided by Brian. We had a quick walk through some areas in Dublin as well and finished at Dublin Castle. I actually would have liked the tour to be longer so that we could have more time at some of the sites along the way.

  • Our guide gave us more history and insight into Irish history than I expected. Fast paced and fun.

  • Book this tour!!! Absolutely amazing tour and I am so happy we did and skipped the line and got early viewing! The castle was beautiful and the tour guide was knowledgable and very informative.

  • Unbelievable! When you see the Book of Kells you can actually see the hard work and time it took to create.

  • Our tour guide was excellent....he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about history. This tour is a must see for visitors to Dublin.

  • Really good would highly recommend great way to learn about Ireland ... a little long with the walking and talking and stopping ... we had an 11 year old with us so got tired ! But thank you I loved it .

  • 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.

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