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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

1. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access 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. This is 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.

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park, and gain discounted entry to the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museums and the Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Newmarket Square. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Must See Dublin in a Day

3. Must See Dublin in a Day

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Dublin like a local! When you book this experience, you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. A like-minded and vetted local host who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be handpicked and assigned to you.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Based on the things that you would like to see and do a personalized itinerary will be built just for you. During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary to make your visit even more enjoyable. Let your private local host show you the side Dublin that you will love!

Dublin: Private City Tour in German

4. Dublin: Private City Tour in German

Discover Dublin in a number of ways with an individual and private sightseeing tour (only available in German). Get a personalized tour tailor-made to your wishes and interests like history, Irish literature, architecture or the more macabre aspects of Dublin. Experience a relaxed walk through the city center, the Docklands, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and many more. You decide when you want to start and where you want to meet your guide. Learn interesting facts through fascinating stories with lots of humor. Pass by Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. You may visit the campus independently after the tour since, until further notice, Trinity is closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

Dublin: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

5. Dublin: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Explore Dublin according to your own personal interests on a 3-hour walking tour of the city’s historic streets. Created by renowned historian and author Pat Liddy, the team of professional tour guides will tailor each tour to suit your tastes. They will meet you at your centrally located Dublin hotel, and take you on a journey through the Irish capital’s colorful, and at times traumatic, history. Travel back in time, from early medieval times to the present, and discover the cities literary associations and architectural heritage. Or focus on the more macabre aspects of Dublin. You can start at any time you like, and tours can cater for family walks, looking after the needs and interests of the younger family members if required. Full of fascinating stories, surprising facts, hidden gems, and bags of humor, each tour also comes with discounted entrance to the main tourist attractions, such as the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition, St Michan's Church, where you can see mummified bodies, the Guinness Storehouse, and Jameson Distillery.

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What people are saying about Book of Kells

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 836 reviews

The tour was really great! You got a lot of information and impressions of Dublin and you saw secret corners that you would never have discovered yourself. Antonio's culinary tips were also great! :)

It was easy to get on and get off. A great way to see highlights of Dublin. Also each driver was personable and had a great sense of humor!

Great value! Live commentary from the driver was a cool change from other Hop On Hop Off tours we’ve taken.

Very cool and informative. Great tour guide with lots of tips and knowledge.

Easy to access and an easy way to see lots of the ‘sights’