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Kells, Co. Meath

Kells was once one of the great centres of Celtic Christianity, its was here that the famous Book of Kells may have been written and illustrated. The exact history of the book is shrouded in the mists of time and historians can only loosely piece together the book's history based on scraps of evidence and vague clues. It is believed that in 563 AD, St. Colmcille (St Columba) founded a monastery on the Hebridean island on Iona. When it was plundered in 802 by Viking raiders some of the monks fled to Kells, bringing with them their precious treasure, The Book of Kells.

The book depicts the four Gospels, richly illustrated in Celtic imagery on vellum (calf skin) parchment. The book was probably completed in the monastery at Kells, and is now kept in Trinity College. Reproductions of the book can be seen in the Kells town hall and in the Protestant church.

AS for the monastery itself, little remains, the churches which once stood there have long since crumbled however a house and Round Tower can still be seen aswell as three ornate 9th century High Crosses. One of the crosses is interesting grooved near the base where it is said that English soldiers sharpened their swords.

On this page you can see a map of Kells, see what's on in Kells, find out how to get to Kells, find things to see and do in Kells, visit local websites for Kells, find Hotels in Kells, find Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Kells, browse restaurants in Kells.

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Bus to Kells

  • Bus routes operated by Bus ireann:
    • 107:
      • Kells - Dublin (Belfield)
      • Navan (Market Square) - Navan (Mercy Convent)
    • 108:
      • Bailieboro (Opp Bailie Hotel) - Kells
      • Kells - Bailieboro (Bailie Hotel)
    • 109:
      • Cavan Institute - Dublin (Busras)
      • Dublin (Wilton Terrace) - Cavan Institute
    • 187:
      • Kells - Ballyjamesduff (Percy French Hotel)
      • Oldcastle (The Square) - Kells

Things to See and Do in Kells

Headfort Golf Club - New Course Headfort Golf Club - New Course

Kells, Co Meath
A fantastic, modern Parkland course which cross-crosses the River Blackwater, making use of two islands. Designed by Ryder Cup hero Christy O'Connor Jnr., the course makes maximum use of its trees, water and natural features, the result of which is

Headfort Golf Club - Old Course Headfort Golf Club - Old Course

Kells, Co Meath
A magnificent Parkland course established in 1928, blessed with gentle undulations and mature specimen trees. A fair but challenging test of your golfing skills. You will return to the friendly Clubhouse inspired by your golf and entranced by the be

Kells Heritage Town Kells Heritage Town

Kells, Co Meath, Ireland
The town of Kells (Ceanannas) is situated 60km north west (N3) of Dublin in the historic Boyne Valley. The circular monastic enclosure protected Saint Columba's Church, the Round Tower and four of the town's five crosses. Nearby, Saint Colmcille's...

Kells High Cross and Round Tower

Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland
As one of the religious centres of Western Europe in the 8th & 10th century, this holy site not only housed the Book of Kells for centuries but also produced one of Ireland's most important collection of High Crosses, some of them still standing in the sh

Hotels in Kells

Headfort Arms Hotel Headfort Arms Hotel

Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath
In the heart of the Boyne Valley, family-run Headfort Arms Hotel boasts an excellent restaurant and relaxing spa rooms. Dublin city centre is 1 hour away.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Kells

Grangeclare Paddocks B&B Grangeclare Paddocks B&B

Oristown, Kells, Co. Meath
Located 6 km from Kells Heritage Centre in Kells, Grangeclare Paddocks B&B features free WiFi access and free private parking. A TV is offered. St. Columba's Church is 6 km from Grangeclare Paddocks B&B, while Monastery of Kells is 7 km away.

Hideaway at Foxhollow Hideaway at Foxhollow

Fordstown, Navan, Kells, Co. Meath
Located halfway between Kells and Athboy, the Hideaway at Foxhollow offers self-catering accommodation with free onsite parking.

Teach Cuailgne/Cooley House B&B Teach Cuailgne/Cooley House B&B

Carlanstown, Kells, Co. Meath
Located at the head of the Boyne Valley, Teach Cuailgne offers bed and breakfast accommodation just a 5-minute drive from the centre of Kells.

Restaurants in Kells

Masala Zone Indian Restaurant & Take Away Masala Zone Indian Restaurant & Take Away

Castle Street, Kells, Co. Meath

Pebbles Pebbles

Newmarket Street, Kells, Co. Meath

Round Tower Round Tower

Farrell Street, Kells, Co. Meath

Tay Pots Tay Pots

Bective Street, Kells, Co. Meath

The Bective The Bective

Bective Square, Kells, Co. Meath
The Bective is a relaxed, atmospheric restaurant in the heritage town of Kells. Open Wed - Sat from 5pm and from 3pm on Sundays, The Bective specialises in Irish beef and fish with over 90% of food sourced within Co Meath.

The Forge Restaurant The Forge Restaurant

Potteragh, Carnaross, Kells, Co. Meath

The Martry Restaurant and Bar The Martry Restaurant and Bar

Kells Road, Navan, Kells, Co. Meath
The Martry Restaurant & Bar is situated just outside The Heritage town of Kells. Marie Kenny & her staff take great pride in offering patrons a relaxed and delicious dining experience with a taste of Irish hospitality that the Martry has beco

The Railway Bar (Kells) The Railway Bar (Kells)

Coopers Park, Kells, Co. Meath

Vanilla Pod Restaurant Vanilla Pod Restaurant

Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath
The Vanilla Pod although under the umbrella of the Headfort Arms is a self contained contemporary restaurant which has earned itself regional national acclaim in its ten years of operation. The 'Pod' as it is affectionately known amongst it's loyal f

Wong Palace Chinese Restaurant

Carrick Street, Kells, Co. Meath

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Guided Tours

Guided Tours and Bus Tours: Take a bus tour around Kells, or an overnight tour visiting various sights in Kells and the surrounding regions.

Map of Kells