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There's something about this place that keeps drawing me back. Has an Air about the place, very... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
Anne N
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Quiet walk back in time !

Kells Priory is a historic ruin in a very peaceful and quiet location. We entered the property... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

There's something about this place that keeps drawing me back. Has an Air about the place, very peaceful.

Thank Anne N
Reviewed 25 October 2018

On a recent visit to this expansive ruin, I noticed the restoration is being done with heavy mortar which takes away from the historic look. There isn't much left in the way of carvings... just walls. I've been to scores of monastic ruins and while...More

Thank Mindie B
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We stopped here on our way to Kinsale after touring Jerpoint Abbey, which is only several miles away. Kells is not worth a separate trip on it's own but definitely worth seeing in conjunction with Jerpoint. We walked through-really tiptoed through-a sheep pasture to get...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Kells Priory is a historic ruin in a very peaceful and quiet location. We entered the property from the back after a short walk past a mill, along the river and over a bridge. The site is free to visit and there are very few...More

Thank Camino-JR
Reviewed 23 September 2018

I heard about Kells Priory when I was at Jerpoint Abbey. The two are so close to each and like Kells Priory was very quiet with very few visitors, which is the bonus of visiting here. The ruins, which are free to visit, are in...More

1  Thank WCOB
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

There is no charge for this site and parking is available, both bonuses. The site is mainly ruins of the priory, most of the towers can’t be entered but the main tower can if you ask the staff in the hut and the view from...More

1  Thank feralglow
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We came here for a sunset walk at the recommendation of our B&B host's at Lawcus Farm Guest House which is right up the road. There is easy parking for your car and then you follow a circular path around the ruins and then down...More

Thank LindsinMCO
Reviewed 31 July 2018

This was the first ruins that we visited in Ireland and I wasn't disappointed. A tour guide came out to greet us and talk about the site. He was very friendly and well informed.

1  Thank TravelGirl492017
Reviewed 16 July 2018

The village of Kells and the alongside priory is a beautiful place to visit. There is a circular path from the car park - free, (on the Stoneyford road) through the priory over the King's River to Mullins Mill at the bridge in Kells. After...More

1  Thank Red1953
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Having visited the site on various occassions, this was our first time to take a guided tour of the site. Our tour guide, John, was very friendly and welcoming and more than willing to answer any questions we had. We look forward to visiting in...More

3  Thank waterfordguy
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