Welcome to Kells & District
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 Wall 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!