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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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“celtic crosses” (10 reviews)
“round tower” (13 reviews)
“high crosses” (14 reviews)
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Kells, Ireland
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+353 87 706 4421
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

The High Crosses were the focal point in the graveyard, but there are many old and interesting headstones dating back many years.

Thank Salty2010
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

This Monastery of St Colmcille - or was his name really Cillian or Killian or Columb? - stands in the quaint little village of Kells. It was built on the site of a destroyed Medieval Church, with only the Bell Tower remaining. The present St...More

Thank Quasimama
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Enjoyed this site and the town of Kells in general as it was off the beaten path for us. This was my first experience seeing high Celtic crosses. I was amazed at how ancient and recent past sit side by side in the form of...More

Thank Cuchisco
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

The parish church (Church of Ireland) has a nice graveyard with three quite nice large, old celtic crosses. We had a nice walk about in sunday morning when grounds were open.

Thank tak309
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Our granddaughters had never visited any part of Ireland before. They were amazed at the art work. They had never seen ancient monasteries. It was a marvelous experience for them.

Thank Sharon R
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

There were some interesting ancient crosses in the cemetary. The church was ok, and they had a replica of the book of Kells, but it was not the real thing. A bit disappointing.

Thank bradziker1
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