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Review of Kells Priory

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We visited here while staying in a nearby B&B and were happy for the recommendation. No tour and no fee but a great place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Make sure to take the path that runs along the river, past a water mill, and onto the road to return to your car. A nice walk that only takes about 30 minutes.

Thank penny0502
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We visited at the recommendation of our B&B as the priory was a short drive down the road. What a great place to visit! They offered free tours every 15 minutes, which we found informative and helped us imagine what it originally looked like. They offer tours inside the tour but only in the afternoon (recommend visiting during that time if you would like tour of both tower and grounds). After the tour, follow the path from the back of the church along the river to a water mill, through the town and back to the car park- approximately 30 min walk but worth it. A great piece of history right outside of Kilkenny

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

If you are a bit overwhelmed by the hordes of tourists in Kilkenny, take a 20-minute drive south to the village of Kells and nearby Kells Priory. It is like being in another world, this time inhabited by just you, a couple of other intrepid travellers and plenty of sheep. The priory is a ruin now, with some parts covered in scaffolding and others off limits to visitors for safety reasons. But otherwise, it is all there for anyone to explore at their leisure. The ruins cover a large area, and the priory must have been a mighty impressive site in its heyday some 600 or so years ago. And while I say 'ruins', there is a fair bit still intact, towers and the wall between them, the remains of a chapel and other significant buildings. Unfortunately, the only information onsite about the priory is on a noticeboard near the small carpark. And - another plus - the site is free to visit.

Thank JElliot32
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Fantastic experience today visiting Kells Priory. We arrived at 10am with ourn1-yr old on a rainy morning and there was only 1 other car in the parking lot. We walked through the field to get up close to the ruins and we were greeted by a lovely guide (employed by the OPW) who gave us a personalized tour (about 25-30min). No admission fee. Fantastic insight into these ruins - we got much more out of it than we expected when planning to visit. Really amazing "off the beaten track" gem. Walked along the river into Kells, and back around to car - maybe 20min in length and a lovely walk. Not stroller / wheelchair friendly.

Thank DoubleB33
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a very interesting site--out in the country, you will need a car. It's a really large site with a walled keep and seven large towers along the wall. It's very extensive, a very large site, and as a bonus you can walk down to the river and hike a along the river to the village of Kells.

It's self guided--although if a guide were available it'd be a good idea. It's hard to get much sense of what you are seeing and it's not at all well explained by signage. But it really has the feel of romantic ruins, what with the sheep everywhere and lovely meadow

Thank Mike O
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