Dublin Castle & The Book of Kells

DUB-210 | Dublin, Ireland | See Special Notes

from $79.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Trinity College Trinity College
  • Dublin Castle Dublin Castle

You will see:

Moderate

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4 hours

Max. Group Size: 40

Tour Overview

Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic drive to Dublin Castle. En route, you will travel alongside the River Liffey, crossing Dublin's original prehistoric settlement and the site of the 12th-century medieval city.

Upon arriving at the Dublin Castle complex, you will marvel at this imposing structure. A symbol of British rule over Ireland for seven centuries, the castle began as a 13th-century Anglo-Norman fortress. Your guided tour takes you through State Apartments adorned with Killybeg carpets and Waterford chandeliers. Once home to the Viceroy, the apartments are now used for important state functions.

Your tour continues to Trinity College, the alma mater of distinguished alumni, including Jonathan Swift of Gulliver's Travels fame, Oscar Wilde and Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett. You will make your way to the Trinity College Library Long Room that houses 200,000-antiquarian texts, and in an adjacent room, the Book of Kells.

The lavishly illustrated medieval manuscript contains the four Gospels. The book probably dates to the early 9th century and may have been the work of monks from Iona. The scribes embellished their calligraphy with intricate Celtic designs, human figures and animals. You will view an exhibit on the production of the Book, as well as other exhibits on Ireland.

Your tour concludes with a relaxing drive to the pier. You may opt to stay in Dublin for independent sightseeing (morning departures only); however, you are responsible for your return transportation to the pier.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN DUBLIN.

The Book of Kells is a popular attraction; you may have to wait in line.

Photography is not allowed at either Dublin Castle's State Apartments or at the Book of Kells.

Dublin Castle may be closed at short notice due to government meetings or functions.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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