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Trinity College Dublin Tours

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Ireland’s prestigious academic institution, Trinity College Dublin sits in Dublin’s city center and boasts alumni including esteemed literary legends such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 for the exclusive use of Protestant men, the university now welcomes all religions and genders. Tourists from the world over come to wander the historic cobblestoned campus and see the Book of Kells, a prized medieval manuscript housed in the Trinity College Library.

The Basics
With its handsome Georgian and classical architecture, the Trinity College campus is a must-see for visitors to the Irish capital. Sightseers can tour the grounds independently or join a guided tour. Most walking tours of Dublin city center include Trinity College, along with other neighboring landmarks, such as the General Post Office (GPO), the Molly Malone Statue, and Dublin Castle. The campus is home to several standalone attractions including Dublin’s Science Gallery and the Zoological Museum, though the biggest crowd-pleaser is the Book of Kells in the Old Library, visitable for a small fee.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Much of Trinity’s campus is cobblestoned, so avoid wearing heels that may get caught in the crevices.
  • Lines of travelers looking to see the elaborate rows of books frequently form outside the Old Library. Book an entrance ticket in advance to skip the line, or sign up for an early-access guided tour to see the Book of Kells without the crowd.
  • As a large portion of the campus is open-air, bring an umbrella and waterproof layer in case of rain.
 
How to Get There
Trinity College is south of Dublin city center, near pedestrian-only Grafton Street. Take the Luas Green Line tram to Stephen’s Green, the Luas Red Line tram to Abbey Street, or the DART train to Dublin Pearse station. From all three, the walk to campus is less than 10 minutes.
 
When to Get There
Go early in the morning or in late afternoon to avoid the midday rush. If you plan on seeing the Book of Kells, buy a Trinity College Library ticket in advance or be prepared to wait in line. Student-led, 30-minute campus tours, which depart from the Main Gate, are available in summer.
 
View the Book of Kells
Trinity’s headline attraction is the illustrated ninth-century manuscript known as the Book of Kells. The illuminated manuscript of the four gospels was created by Irish monks, who painstakingly covered each page in elaborate and colorful Celtic-inspired imagery. Four pages from two volumes of the book are displayed in glass cabinets at Trinity College’s Old Library, which also contains an exhibition chronicling its creation and storied history.
Address: College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Hours vary
Admission: Free
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Dublin at your own pace with Big Bus tour; your 24- to 72-hour ticket allows you to hop on and hop off whenever you like at more than 30 stops. Choose from two routes offered live or digital commentary that teaches you about Dublin's history and culture, and you also get access to a walking tour (with a 48-hour ticket) and included drinks at some bars and distilleries. Hop on and off as many times as you like to explore Dublin highlights at your leisure, such as St. Stephens Green, Croke Park, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, and others.
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  • 2 hours 25 minutes
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$28.92
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Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in Dublin

Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in Dublin

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Combine a sightseeing tour of Dublin with afternoon tea served on a vintage double-decker bus. The itinerary includes famous landmarks such as the Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Wood Quay, O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, and others. See the sights while enjoying a cup of seasonal tea or coffee along with some delicacies.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$67.61
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Full-day Private Dublin City Highlights Tour

Full-day Private Dublin City Highlights Tour

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Discover Dublin’s historic landmarks and famous attractions on a private tour tailor-made for you. With a personal guide and private vehicle, enjoy a customized full-day tour and visit sights such as the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, or Malahide Castle; jump out to see Trinity College and St Patrick Cathedral; or escape the crowds in Phoenix Park or Howth village.
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  • 8 hours
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$627.98
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Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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When your cruise ship docks, hit the streets on this sightseeing shore excursion that's perfect for everyone. Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during a popular hop-on, hop-off bus sighting tour. Discover the best of the Emerald Isle, including historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace. With 28 stops along the way--including the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse--this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing!
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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90 Minute Dublin Walking tour and Sightseeing tips

90 Minute Dublin Walking tour and Sightseeing tips

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The story of Dublin has taken many centuries to write, but that doesn’t mean it should take ages to see all the city has to offer. In roughly 90 minutes, walk through the cobbled streets of Dublin’s past and present and learn about the colorful events and characters that illustrate and give spirit to its long, proud heritage - from playwrights and whiskeys, to invasions, wars and world economic crises.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Eat like a true Dubliner on this small-group Dublin food tour. With your guide, seek out authentic pubs, cafés, food shops, and markets, and savor Irish specialties including a traditional breakfast, artisanal cheeses, ice cream, and more. Pair your tastings with an Irish cream liqueur and another tipple, and admire some of Dublin’s hidden gems and learn about its culinary heritage as you eat and explore. Tour is limited to 12 or fewer.
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  • 3 hours
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$204.16
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Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes Tour

Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes Tour

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Kickstart your visit to Dublin with this brief introductory tour led by a Dublin local, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the city. Visit some of the city’s best-known attractions, such as the Temple Bar district, listen to stories not all travelers get to hear, and get tailored recommendations from your private guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Dublin Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Dublin Private Tour

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Spend half a day exploring some of Dublin’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, as well as a selection of hidden gems you might otherwise overlook. Plus, gain a greater insight into each destination thanks to your local guide on this private tour, during which you can forget the busy group excursions and tackle the city’s sights at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.68
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Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in Dublin

Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in Dublin

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During your time in Dublin, take a break from snapping selfies and asking strangers to capture shots by hiring a personal travel photographer. Choose from a selection of options, ranging from 30 minutes in one location to three hours in four locations, and allow a professional photographer to immortalize your vacation on camera. The itinerary of this private tour is customized according to your interests, and is an ideal choice for couples or families in Dublin.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$276.29
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Dublin City & Bay + Dublin pubs Bucket List & live Irish music private day tour

Dublin City & Bay + Dublin pubs Bucket List & live Irish music private day tour

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Can't decide between a Dublin city & bay private tour or Dublins world famous pubs & whiskey scene? Now you don't need to choose between the two! Enjoy an authentic Irish experience and exploration of Dublin city & bay followed by a selection of classic Dublin pubs, only the very best. Phenomenal Guinness, Irish craft beer, Irish whiskey and traditional Irish music. In addition to some of your classic Dublin sightseeing, I cover the heavyweight pieces of Irish history that still shape our character and the land itself today, namely 'an gorta mor' (the great hunger) and the 1916 Easter Rising and our Dublin pub culture that is unrivalled for its craic (fun). We will have plenty of fun along the way too! including some great Irish traditional music which tell stories of their very own. An executive taxi means we are permitted in bus lanes, so no sitting in traffic! Along the way, we'll stop for some 'soakage' aka good Irish food before you have beers ;) See you in Dublin. . Éamonn
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  • 8 hours
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$790.93
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(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours

(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours

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Short on time and want to see as much of Dublin as you can? This tour has you covered. In five hours, you'll see many of the city's top attractions, from Trinity College to Dublin Castle, along with a host of other important historical and cultural attractions along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.75
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Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Maximize a short stay in Dublin with easy and efficient hop-on hop-off bus transport and fast-track access to the Guinness Storehouse. See as much of the city as possible, and get familiar with key sights as you listen to live commentary on board the open-top bus, then avoid lines at one of the capital’s most popular, and therefore busy, attractions.
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  • 2 hours 25 minutes
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Walking Tour Dublin South Side

Walking Tour Dublin South Side

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Maximize time in Dublin with a walking tour of the south side of the River Liffey. Cover top city landmarks including the O’Connell Street Bridge, Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle. Learn about the history of attractions such as Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Choose a departure time that is convenient for your schedule. A coffee break is included.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$216.27
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Dublin Scavenger Hunt: Dublin Adventure

Dublin Scavenger Hunt: Dublin Adventure

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.31
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Dublin Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide

Dublin Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide

There are millions of reasons to visit this beautiful city, indeed Dublin answers all your expecta-tions: is a metropolis and a village, has chaotic streets and peaceful corners, is trendy and old sty-le, is polyglot and gaelic. Joining our small group tour you will to get in touch with the city and learn its history, strolling the city with our local guide for 2.5 hour will allow you to visit all the most famous highlights; starting from O’Connell;the Spire of Dublin; the General Post Office; the City Hall and the Castle. You will see the iconic Temple Bar district and finallu the Trinity College. Please be aware that in Dublin we can truly experience four seasons in one day, be sure to bring an umbrella and sunglasses. Don’t miss the chance to join the best tour in town!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$23.48
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Dublin 2.30-Hours Private Tour of Must See Sites with a Native

Dublin 2.30-Hours Private Tour of Must See Sites with a Native

Don’t lose yourself in one of the hundreds cheap tourist trap advertised everywhere in Dublin, only a private tour lead by an experienced and local guide, with a proper historical and art background, can allow you to fully appreciate this city. Dublin has an ancient and complicated history worth of a deep explanation and understanding that the tour guide will show you. During our 2.5 hour walikng tour we will visit all the most famous places and monuments of the city: from the most ancient, such as the Dublin Castle, to the most modern, like the Monument of Light in O’Connell Street. You will see the Temple Bar and Grafton Street. Last but not least we will admire the Trinity college. Please share with us all your preferences and expectations, we guarantee a fully customization of the itinerary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.65
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Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

This self-guided audio walking tour is a trip back in time to explore some of Dublin's most iconic landmarks. We’ll take in some of Georgian Dublin along with city parks, traditional bars, cathedrals and many other famous sites on a stroll across this charm-laden city. You’ll also hear fun facts and tales about its history, culture and people – like rock band U2 and the rebellious Daniel O'Connell as well more ordinary folk. While we walk you’ll notice how lively Dublin is with some 751 pubs. A lot of them are beautifully decorated, but O'Neill's opposite the Molly Malone statue is one of the best on our route. The food is excellent too. Dublin also has an abundance of museums. There are 45 in all and most of them are free to visit. Two of the best are the National History Museum and the Little Museum of Dublin. I’ll guide you to both of them, and I highly recommend popping into them either before, after or during our tour.
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  • 2 days 13 hours 15 minutes
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$5.00
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Dublin City Photowalk

Dublin City Photowalk

This tour is all about seeing Dublin and having fun with Photography. It's a great way to get a sense of the city and create some beautiful and fun images in the process. All levels welcome!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.28
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The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

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Instead of burying your nose in a guidebook or trying to spot what the guide’s talking about from inside a crowded tour bus, don’t miss a thing as you discover Dublin by foot on this compact center-city walking tour. With a private guide by your side, discover the history of the city through its landmarks, from the age of Vikings to the present day. Visit historic and cultural landmarks like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and much more.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
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$33.48
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Silent Adventures Silent Disco Tour

Silent Adventures Silent Disco Tour

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Explore Dublin in a fun and unique way during this silent disco tour that takes you around the city’s famous landmarks. Don your hi-tech headsets and listen to funky music while you walk and dance through the streets with your group. Groove past landmarks like Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and Trinity College during your journey of song and dance.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.53
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Most of Dublin, in a day, on foot. History, politics, culture & architecture!

Most of Dublin, in a day, on foot. History, politics, culture & architecture!

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Lose yourself on the streets of Dublin and discover the city on your own terms on this full-day walking tour. With your own private guide, build an itinerary that reflects what you’re interested in – or visit some of the city’s historical and cultural highlights on a sightseeing experience curated by your guide. Whatever your tastes and curiosities, build a walking tour that works for you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$419.90
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Ultimate Day in Dublin

Ultimate Day in Dublin

Do you enjoy Food, Pub, Museums, Culture tours and learning how the locals live? This tour comprises elements from all those tours to give you the most varied, comprehensive and enjoyable tour of Dublin possible! After 10yrs tour guiding private tours, and over 500 5-star reviews, Garvan has designed a tour to deliver an outstanding full day in Dublin. By the end of the tour, you’ll have visited all the essential attractions, experiencing only the best of the National Gallery and National Museum, eaten lunch where the locals go, shopped for Irish artisanal foods & cheeses, paired them with Irish beer/whiskey in a locals’ pub, visited a jeweller (or similar) and learned the methods & inspiration behind their art. As if that wasn’t enough, you will have also gained not only an understanding but a powerful feeling for Irish history & culture. Most importantly of all, you’ll have connected with an authentic Irish guide who wants to share a fantastically memorable & personal day with you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.81
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$234.81
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The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin

The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin

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On this 3hr walking tour of the city centre, you'll discover the main sites, become immersed in the history, and experience the life, songs and stories of Ireland's capital city. In the courtyard of Dublin Castle, our footfalls will echo through the castle’s 800-year history. At the GPO on O’Connell Street, the crowds gathered for the Declaration of Irish Independence & the passions of poets and Irish freedom fighters throughout the centuries were born anew. Can you feel it? Welcome to Dublin! Every tour is individually customised according to your interests and needs: we can accommodate people with limited mobility, as well as design a special interest itinerary just for you and your group.
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  • 3 hours
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$306.49
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$306.49
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Trinity College Dublin hours of operation?
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Trinity College Dublin hours of operation: Hours vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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