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Trinity College Guided Walking Tour & Book of Kells Visit

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Trinity College guided walking tour of campus & Book of Kells visit - Dublin


The Authenticitiy Tours “Trinity Tour” is a student-led guided walking tour of Trinity College Dublin, that gives your group an authentic and living experience of Ireland’s oldest University. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College Dublin is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful university campuses.


The guided tour of the College lasts 35 minutes, encompasses the four major historic squares of the College, provides an insight into the history of the College, its buildings, its historic context and throws light on Ireland’s past, present and future through the story of an institution that has done much to shape it. The guided tour gives an introduction to the book of Kells. It also sets in context the College’s Old Library and its Long Room, which houses 200,000 of the College’s vast collection of books.


The tour concludes at the main entrance to the Book of Kells and groups proceed to a self guided tour of the Book of Kells & Old Library.


Please note the new rules of admission for groups entering the Trinity College grounds.

  • All groups must enter via the entrance on Nassau Street.
  • Only groups who will or have purchased a Book of Kells ticket may remain on the grounds.
  • Group tours of the campus may only be conducted by the official provider Authenticity Tours Ltd.
  • Security personnel will conduct patrols on campus to ensure no groups are carrying out tours unofficially.
  • Groups will be asked to leave campus if they have not purchased tickets to the Book of Kells.



Photo Gallery
The tour will teach about Trinity College's history, buildings and give you context  where it stands in Ireland's history
The tour is led by students of Trinity College
Busy people walking by Trinity College main door
The Book of Kells is a famous and beatiful illustrated manuscript from the 9th century
The Sphere Within Sphere Sculpture in the Courtyard
Statue of William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Useful Information
Running Times

Several tours daily. All tours are guided in English and include the entrance to the Old Library and the Book of Kells.

Tours are within the following hours:
Monday – Saturday: 09.30 – 17.00 hrs

Sunday: May – September: 09.30 – 16.30 hrs

Sunday: October – April: 12.00 – 16.30 hrs


Tour Duration

Approximately 35 minutes for the guided tour, plus 60 minutes for the visit to the Book of Kells.


Meeting Point

Tour desk at the front arch of Trinity College – groups meet an “ Authenticity Tour” Guide. He/She will have ID as such.

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