Visiting Kells in County Meath

What to see and do in Kells, Ireland

Kells, a small town that has a lot to offer. The main attraction in Kells is the Abbey of Kells, a magnificently designed round tower structure that has four of the five large Celtic crosses in its graveyard. The Abbey of Kells is currently associated with St. Columba also known as St. Colmcille and the Book of Kells, which unfortunately can only be seen today at the Trinity College of Dublin. The fifth Celtic cross of this small city was not too cleverly positioned in the middle of a busy crossroad far away from the Abbey. After a school bus crushed into the ancient cross, the authorities moved it in front of a former courthouse, which now plays the role of a museum and a coffee shop. Close to the Abbey of Kells, visitors can see a small stone oratory, which goes by the name of St. Colmcille House, a building that dates back from the 11th century. Normally visitors are forbidden access to the oratory, however, that can be arranged if you talk to the person responsible for it. In order to catch a glimpse of the monks’ sleeping accommodations you will need to climb a ladder. However, since it is the highest point in town, you will have an astounding view of the city of Kells.

Getting to Kells

Kells is 40 miles north west of Dublin, and easy to reach in under 1 hour on the M3.

Moving on from Kells

If you visit Kells during a driving tour of Ireland, there are several places you could drive to next. Head south to the little town of Trim, for example. Although Dublin might be an obvious choice is you are heading south, or perhaps heading back to the ferry ports. But you could take a less direct route, and take in Drogheda, then head down the east coast on the way to Dublin.

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