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Kells Priory

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Great place to see and it's free. Some other places are closed because it's not prim tourist season. We walked around and took tons of pictures. Just wish there were some plaques... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Louisa C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to see and it's free. Some other places are closed because it's not prim tourist season. We walked around and took tons of pictures. Just wish there were some plaques explaining the different buildings. Just be aware that it is muddy and watch out for the sheep droppings. Otherwise a great place to visit. Great for kids to... More 

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Berlin, Deutschland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We combined visiting the ruins of Kells Priory with a visit to Jerpoint Abbey and the monastic site in Kilree. Kells Priory is an impressivly large site. We were joking around that the monks might have used the big open space within the walls for games of hurling. It was great fun exploring the site with its church, remains of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This was our second time to this ancient area and is beautiful. Our problem this time was that there was moist ground and was slick as could be on the hills leading to the Priory. We had to abandon our visit due to a couple of falls with our daughter and the discouragement of it. Wear good hiking boot and... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We didn't intend to visit the Kells Priory. Our sat nav was supposed to take us from the Rock of Cashel to the Jerpoint Abbey and instead of taking some major roads we went on some very tiny ones and found this amazing priory. We walked towards it through some fields, it was a pretty rare find. It was founded... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Not far from Kilkenny. Amazing fortified Priory with most of the walls intact. Huge place and very impressive. Good car park and a nice walk at the back of the priory along the river. Well worth a visit.

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Wells River, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Great history to this place. Went to the graveyard there and found a stone dated 1739. Amazing beautiful grounds. Great walk over the King's River to the Mill in Kells. Beautiful scenery. It makes a loop back to the Priory. My favorite place in Ireland.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Favorite spot for feeling of the past, must see, can visualize town and structures of long ago. Parking nearby

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

If you're in the Kilkenny area, be sure to stop here!!! It's kind of confusing to get here though...but the lady at Jerpoint Abbey gave us a map and we found it okay. It's free to go to, but I would def have paid! So around the ruins, sheep roam. And there is nothing more Irish landscapy than sheep +... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was one of our favourite places in our one month tour of Ireland for our family of four (with one teen and one early twenties). Kell's Priory is a large monastic site ( more than 3 acres), with lots of atmosphere. We were lucky and were able to climb the round tower with a very helpful and knowledgeable OPW... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This time of year we had the paddock that these ruins sit on to ourselves. Great peaceful acreage but watch for the sheep poop. This is a free attraction and parking was no problem or fees. Walk through the arch and around the site. There is also a small cemetery along side worth a look. September is off season, so... More 

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