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“Fascinating historic site - no tours - explore at your leisure”
Review of Kells Priory

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

The largest monastic site in Ireland, it includes a large wall with several towers that encloses several acres, as well as foundations and remnants of a 900-year old religious community. There's no tour, no signage, just a bunch of evocative ruins out in a field that you are free to roam and imagine what it was like in 1200 AD.

Bonus tip: if you like this sort of thing, there is a much lesser-known site called Kilree just 2km to the south that is also worth visiting, which includes a round tower and an elaborately carved high cross out in the middle of a cow pasture.

Thank TomChatt
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

We went to visit here at 5pm one evening as it was near to where we were staying. No great expectations - we new it adjoined the King's River with a walkway into the village of Kells, and it sounded a pleasant walk.

Well, the site surprised strongly to the upside. Very large, partially under reconstruction and, to our luck, still in season for there to be an OPW person there who provided guided tours as required.

There were only four or five of us present and the tour was both fun and informative. The young lady was excellent and the service provided at no cost.

The ruins are impressive. The setting is lovely. If no OPW person is present, sign boards give sufficient detail.

Don't forget to stroll the river out the back: quite secondary to the site though.

Would we worth budgeting out of Kilkenny, let alone if you were staying nearby like us.

Thank bobjanh
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

I was so lucky, the day that I was there I was able to climb to the top of the round tower which was the Prior's residence. There was a young man who was wonderful and gave a guided tour to me and two local couples up to the top of the tower. It was very quiet there, barely anyone about and so very old. Truly awe inspiring if you love history.

Thank Lark54
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

When you are leaving the town Kilkenny, and are looking for a short stop on the way to the next big thing, go and visit Kells Priory. Walk around the ruins, take in the atmosphere.

Don't expect to spend a lot of time there. However, it's free and the local school made a lovely information brochure to read about the priory's history. So when you will be in the neighbourhood be sure to stop by.

Thank Kaasknabbel
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

A great place for a picnic among the beautiful ruins.Lots of good photo opps.Nothing has been restored so you are looking at what the 18th century saw.The river is a nice place to sit.Few people visit as it is less famous than the Kells where the 'book' came from.

Thank danodonoghue2703
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