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  • 700th Centenary Anniversary of the Battle of Kells

    This weekend marks the 700th anniversary of the famous Battle of Kells (6th or 7th November, 1315) between the questor for the High Kingship of Ireland, Edward de Bruce, younger brother of Robert de Bruce, and Roger Mortimer, Lord of Meath, who held Kells Castle against him. A two day medieval festival commemorating the...

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  • Kells Accommodation

    Looking for Accommodation in the Kells & District Area? Check out our listing of hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping and accommodation in private homes. If you have accommodation to offer, please email info@visitingkells.ie or phone 085 270 5675 / 087 929 6499.

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  • New Kells Advert: Discover Kells

    Produced by Hubert Morris Directed by Jass Foley 1st Assistant Director: Mia Mullarkey 1st Assistant Camera: Cian Markey Thanks to: Ham Sandwich (soundtrack from new album” Stories from the Surface”) All the people in Kells that have supported the creation of this advert. The Kells & District Tourism Forum, without whose help this could...

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  • Coming to Kells? Try our Heritage Audio Guide

    A 40 minute fun and informative audio guide that leads a visitor around Kells, voiced by professional actress Niamh Shaw and packed with original music by talented Westmeath musician Enda Seery. The guide is free to download from www.abartaaudioguides.com and www.visitingkells.ie.

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  • Kells: An Integral Part of the New “Ireland’s Ancient East” Brand

    Fáilte Ireland launched a new brand on 13th April – IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST – aimed at the Culturally Curious traveller – a journey of discovery through Ireland in this relaxing, off the beaten track, lush beautiful landscape, that attracted warring settlers for millennia, and  made awe inspiring by stories from the best story tellers...

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  • All About the Kells High Crosses

    Arguably one of the oldest continuous settled towns in Ireland, Kells is rich in historical artifacts from virtually all periods, including the High Crosses. It was when the settlement was established in 804 as a refuge from Vikings for the monastic community of Iona that the town came into prominence, and the Columban community...

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Welcome to Kells & District – a Gem in the Boyne Valley & Ireland’s Ancient East

One of the most unique and special destinations in the world – Kells welcomes you to come and explore and become a part of its special story.

Kells is on the World Heritage Tentative List – and for very good reasons. It was once known as the “Splendour” or “Joy” of Ireland and contributed to why Ireland is called “The Land of Saints and Scholars” – a town that contributed to keeping the light of learning alive in Europe during its Dark Ages.

Once a royal residence for the High Kings of Tara, then a Norman Market Town where Hugh de Lacy lived, it became and remains a living example of early Christianity that spread as far as Rome and Italy. Kells was central to the pre-Olympic Games of Ireland – the Tailteann Games – in legend dated to 1897 B.C. – and possibly a contributor to the ancient Olympic Games. Here was where the famous Book of Kells was completed and protected in this “City of God” for over 800 years. The shape of the town retains the monastic town that St. Colmcille, one of Ireland’s 3 patron saints, also known as Columba, fashioned in the 6th century.

The town of Kells today has managed to retain that very special history while moving into the 21st century with fantastic accommodation, food, golf, equestrian, theatrical, artistic activities and the Hay Literary Festival, the Guth Gafa International Film Festival and the annual Pink Ribbon Walk amongst others. We are only 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport – and an ideal base in which to explore the Boyne Valley – one of Fáilte Ireland’s top 10 destinations in Ireland – a must see and visit for your bucket list!

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