One of the most unique and special destinations in the world, Kells welcomes you to come and explore and be a part of the special story of this Heritage Town.
Based in the Boyne Valley Region
(birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East
), Kells is one of the reasons that Ireland is referred to as the Land of Saints and Scholars. It contributed heavily to keeping the light of learning alive in Europe during the Dark Ages. For this reason Kells is on the tentative list to become a World Heritage Site with UNESCO.
Here also was where the famous Book of Kells was completed and protected in this “City of God” for over 800 years before being moved to Trinity College in the late 17th century.
Previous to that, Kells was central to the story of 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 in Greece.
Below are the four main stratas in the history of our town.