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Official Guided Tours of Trinity Campus

Guided Tours

With increased footfall of visitors to its campus, the College faces increased challenges and to address some of these, it adopted a new Campus Tours Policy in the summer of 2017. The aim of this is to ensure accurate and engaging tours for visitors to the College, as well as a quality experience during their visit.

This policy outlines that authorised tours of campus are conducted by Trinity’s official tour provider, Authenticity Tours.

– In implementing this new policy, the College hopes to continue to protect and preserve its historic campus and ensure a memorable experience for all of its visitors.

– Authenticity Tours, which operates Trinity Tours, can facilitate any tour requests from members of the public or tour groups. Authenticity Tours offers a combined ticket which incorporates discounts on the cost of a guided tour of Trinity College Dublin and the admission fee to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition.

Lasting 35 minutes, the tour encompasses the four major squares of the College. It provides visitors with an insight into the more than four-hundred-year history of the College, its buildings and their use, its traditions and its life today.

All of the guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic students of Trinity College Dublin. To take a guided tour, visitors need simply turn up at the Authenticity Tours ticket desk at the Front Gate and purchase a ticket for the next scheduled tour. Authenticity Tours does not currently offer advance purchase for a scheduled tour.

To purchase a ticket for the guided tour please visit the Authenticity Tours desk, situated at the Front Gate, inside the College campus (a map can be found here).

The schedule, notifications and pricing displayed at the Front Gate always take precedence over information available through any other medium (including this page). Cash is the preferred method of payment. It is not currently possible to purchase a ticket online.

The Authenticity Tours public tour schedule is advertised on the College website on a monthly/seasonal basis. However, the tour schedule displayed at the Front Gate always takes precedence over the information available through any other medium (including this page).

Combined Ticket Option

A combined ticket offers a consolidated discount on both the cost of a guided tour of Trinity College Dublin and the cost of admission to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition.

Adults (persons 19 years of age and older): €15.00 per person
Concessions (senior citizens 60 years of age or older, university students with ID, adult groups of 10 or more): €14.00 per person
Family Combination Ticket: (2 adult family members and up to 2 children, 17 years and under): €30.00
School Students (18 years and under – accompanied by teachers): €11.00 per person – April thru September
School Students (18 years and under – accompanied by teachers): €7.00 per person – January thru March & October thru December
Guided Tour Only Option

It is possible to take the tour of Trinity College provided by Authenticity Tours without admission to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition at a cost of €6.00 per person.

Visit Upgrade Option

If you have already purchased an online ticket for the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition it is possible to take the tour of Trinity College provided by Authenticity Tours at a reduced cost of €4.00 per person.

For larger university/school/corporate groups, it may be possible for Authenticity Tours to facilitate a guided tour of the College separate to our public scheduled times. This is subject to both prior arrangement and guide availability. We reserve the right to determine whether a query regarding a group tour can be facilitated by means of the Authenticity Tours’ public tour schedule.

University/school/corporate group tours may focus solely upon the College and its grounds or may be so organised as to include admission to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition. Please note, the latter option is only possible during the Exhibition’s Opening Hours.

University/School Groups
To enquire about a university/school group booking, the group leader/s should complete the Group Booking Request Form (click here).

The group leader will receive an e-mail confirming if we can facilitate the group tour and provide the price for the tour.

Corporate Groups
We are conscious that often those who set the task of organising a corporate group tour of the College are acting on behalf of others. The provision of as much detail as possible is appreciated as this greatly saves on time on both sides. Those who wish to enquire about corporate group bookings should complete the Group Booking Request Form (click here).

We will reply as quickly as possible confirming if we can facilitate the group tour and provide the price for the tour.

Any queries concerning Authenticity Tours guided tours of Trinity College Dublin may be addressed to info@authenticitytours.com.

For further information about the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition, please visit https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/

Authenticity Tours Ltd. (ATL), which operates using the registered trademark ‘Trinity Tours’, is the official tour provider for Trinity College Dublin, with exclusive rights in this regard.

In 2017, Trinity College Dublin introduced a Campus Tours Policy (click here), which outlines restrictions on the provision of guided tours on the College grounds by individuals and/or tour providers, other than ATL. College security staff are actively enforcing this policy, and unauthorised tour providers will be escorted off of the College campus. Queries regarding the Campus Tours Policy may be directed to: enquiries@tcd.ie

ATL’s Terms & Conditions can be found here.
ATL’s Privacy & Data Protection Policy can be found here.

Authenticity Tours Ltd, which operates the tours of the College campus, wishes to ensure that all of its visitors and customers have a positive experience of the tour and the campus.
Visitors are asked to bear in mind that, when visiting Trinity College Dublin, they are entering a functioning university. The academic work of the university, its teaching, learning and research is always prioritised.

Guides employed by Authenticity Tours are all students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Individual guides’ academic duties may change during the course of term and this may have an unpredictable impact upon tour scheduling.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information on this page is correct, Authenticity Tours Ltd is not bound by errors on or omissions from this page. Please note that, from time to time, changes do occur within the operating structure of the College which have an impact upon Authenticity Tours’ capacity to operate tours of the College as notified upon this page, as such the information provided here must be considered to be a guide only.

Joseph O’Gorman
Director
Authenticity Tours Ltd
email: info@authenticitytours.com
© 2019 Authenticity Tours Ltd

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Pre-book your tickets to visit the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition.

Please note:
The Book of Kells and Old Library is temporarily closed to visitors but will re-open to the public from 10 August 2020.

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Please note:
The Book of Kells and Old Library will re-open from 10 August 2020.

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The Book of Kells Exhibition is located at Trinity College Dublin in the heart of Dublin and serviced by regular buses, trains and trams.

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Information

The Book of Kells and Old Library is temporarily closed to visitors but will re-open to the public from 10 August 2020.

The Book of Kells and Old Library will re-open from 10 August 2020. More information