Easy Access Book of Kells and Trinity College Tour with Dublin Castle

Skip-the-Line and Visit the 9th Century Bible with an Expert Guide

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 1 Reviews · 2.50h 18 max · Dublin, Ireland

Experience the Book of Kells, one of the oldest surviving texts on Earth, with a local historian guide. With our Easy Access, enter the Trinity College Library and head right to the Book of Kells. Home to the Book of Kells, Brian Boru's Harp, Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and more, see the treasures of Irish history. From there, discover Dublin Castle and its stunning gardens.

Tour Details
  • The Book of Kells Before the Crowds
  • Meet Your Guide at Trinity College
  • Trinity College Library
  • The Book of Kells Exhibit
  • The 1200 Year-Old Book of Kells Close Up
  • The World's Oldest Harp?
  • Dublin Castle
  • Historic Dublin Walking Tour

While in Dublin, many of the top things to see are found within a single university building. Beat the crowds and see the Book of Kells without worrying about the masses. Your local friendly guide will lead you through the history of Ireland by exploring great Trinity College Library. You will then walk to Dublin Castle to see the Versailles of the Emerald Isle with its magnificent gardens. This 2.5 hour tour includes:

  • Pre-Purchased Trinity College Library and Book of Kells Tickets

  • Pre-Opening Entrance with 9:00 am Time Slot

  • Expert Storytelling Guide

  • Entrance to "Turning Darkness into Light" Book of Kells Exhibition

  • Walking Tour of Dublin Castle Gardens and Castle Exterior

  • Visit to 9th-Century Viking Landing Location, Molly Malone Statue and more

Meet Your Guide on the Trinity College Green

Head onto the beautiful gothic campus of Trinity College Dublin where you will find your local guide. Take in the masonry surrounding the greens that has inspired the architecture of university campuses around the world.

Easy Entrance and Tickets Included

One of the most visited sites in Ireland, lines into the Trinity College Library can amass in the hundreds. Skip right past the queue and be one of the first people into the Library and museum. This access will allow you to see the great relics without the large crowds.

The Book of Kells and "Turning Darkness into Light" Exhibit

Feast your eyes on the illuminated and intricately painted manuscript written over 1200 years ago, the Book of Kells. Depicting the Four Gospels of John, Luke, Matthew and Mark, at any time two of the four gospels are on display.

Written on pages of calf vellum, learn how this ancient text has been preserved under the care of Trinity College. This great book has been in the hands of the College since 1661. It has previously been under the care of the Abbey of Kells about 40 miles outside Dublin. Though it is not known exactly where the book was produced, it is named after the Abbey in Country Meath and remained there for nearly 800 years.

In addition to the physical text, you will be able to experience the impactful "Turning Darkness into Light" exhibit. Highlighting the history, art, and structure of the Book of Kells, this interactive exhibition brings the manuscript to life. With your guides explanation and the multimedia displays, you will be immersed in the world of this great Bible.

Trinity College Library; Long Room, Brian Boru's Harp and the 1916 Proclamation

Beyond the Book of Kells, Trinity College is home to one of Europe's great libraries and museums. As you walk through you, you will happen upon the great Long Room. An architectural marvel of arches symmetrically lined with thousands of rare books including original volumes of countless masterpieces, the room is a mecca for bibliophiles.

Not all of the treasures in the Library are books. You will also see the medieval Brian Boru's Harp. One of the oldest harps still in existence, depictions of 14th century instrument can be seen across Ireland. The harp is the inspiration not just for Ireland's Coat of Arms, but indeed the logo found on Guinness' pints and on Ryanair's planes.

Your guide will also lead you to one of the last remaining original copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Ireland's "Declaration of Independence," it is the basis of the Irish state that finally gained freedom from the UK in 1922.

Dublin Castle

Built on the dark pool, "Dubh Linn" in Irish Gaelic, that gave the city its name, Dublin Castle has been the political and administrative center of Irish governance since its construction. The Castle was the home of the British government, which occupied Ireland for nearly 800 years. Still today, the Castle is home to many government ministries and the site of state events and international visits.

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Great Day in Dublin!
11 November 2021
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We had a very good time. The Book of Kells was extremely cool and I'm glad the guide had our tickets bought ahead of time cause it saved us lots of time. The guide was great and was very informative to our questions about Ireland that we had. I recommend this tour greatly.

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