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Kells Monastic Site

Kells, Ireland
+353 87 706 4421
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A special place, not much changed in 1,200 years. A place where the incomparable Book of Kells was written and housed for over 800 years. The biggest collection of high crosses in one area. The royal residence of High King Cormac mac Air, the Law Maker.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
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“high crosses” (17 reviews)
“round tower” (15 reviews)
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Kells, Ireland
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+353 87 706 4421
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice walk from town and it was a quiet step into the past. It's very small, so you can take your time and wander.

Thank HeyKell
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just lovely to see where the book of kells was written and the beautiful round tower. We went to see Celtic high crosses and ogham stones from the Stone Age near by. Not a bit commercialised which I really liked

Thank nicolasheils
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

looking up family nanes if any for family tree.some of the oldest grave stones in ireland.good place for a day out.there where buses from all over when i was there even germany.france.and god knows where.

Thank Leonard-cree
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off at Kells as it was here that the Monks from Iona Abbey fled to when the Vikings invasions started. There were four books, highly decorated, the first four of the Old Testament. There are illustrations of these books in Saint Columba's Church in...More

Thank 780salmonman
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the church of Ireland minster was very nice and explained history.I being a Kells myself was interesting to him also as there are not alot of kells left after viking raids most died?

Thank warren k
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

The Kells Monastic site a lovely place with high crosses and towers. It's free, so that makes it even better!

Thank leah123Ronceverte
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

It is an interesting place with high crosses, round tower and even a sundial. It would be more enjoyable if you had a little historical background before going there, although there are information boards provided to provide some general information about the site.

Thank Nat-TWX
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Brought a French student on a tour of Kells. Lots of interesting historical sites to explore. No guide available that particular day but we managed.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

This is the monastic site where the Book of Kells was written. The site is now in the Church of Ireland church yard. We visited on a freezing December day so it all looked a lot more mystical in the frost. There are good paths...More

Thank Sam3314
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Several large crosses with clear narrative stonework. The Tower is extraordinary. No staircase! Remarkably intact. Recommend taking a Guide to explore this amazing area. Recommend Derek Smith of Beautiful Meath Tours.

Thank skagittraveller
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