Kells, Co. Meath

Kells (Irish: Ceanannas "Great Chief Abode") is a town in County Meath in Ireland. The town lies on the N3 road, and lies 16km (10 miles) from Navan and 64km (40 miles) from Dublin. In recent years the town has expanded considerably with many Dublin commuters moving to the town.

The monastery at Kells is thought to have been first founded around 804 A.D. It was founded by monks fleeing from St Colmcille's Iona monastery, to escape Viking invasions. At the end of the 12th century Hugh de Lacy was granted the whole of Meath and under the Anglo-Normans the religious establishments at Kells flourished.

Kells, as border town of the Pale, was the scene of many battles, between Anglo, Irish and Norman fighters. During Tudor times, it was used as a mustering place for soldiers.

The Abbey of Kells, with its round tower, is associated with St Columba (also called St Colmcille) and with the Book of Kells, now kept at Trinity College Dublin. The round tower and five large Celtic crosses that can still be viewed today. Four of the crosses are in the church yard of St Columba's church, the other, a large Celtic cross that was positioned in the middle of a busy crossroads, until an unfortunate accident involving a cumbersome articulated lorry. It now stands in front of a former courthouse (which is now a museum and coffeeshop), and has a roof over it to protect it from the elements.

Gardens

Loughcrew Historic Gardens - County Meath
Loughcrew Historic Gardens
Kells, Co. Meath
After a long and sometimes fateful history, a more serendipitous chapter has opened for Loughcrew. The original 17th century landscaped grounds, which were revived in the 19th century have been rescued again with help from the Great Gardens of Ir ...

Golf

The 11th Green
Headfort Golf Club
Kells, Co. Meath
Course Type: Parkland / Parkland
Established in 1928, Headfort Golf Club is one of the finest parkland complexes in the Country. Boasting a 36 hole layout, both courses have beautiful trees which enhance this picturesque setting. The idea of creating a new club near Kells, to ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
Tankardstown House & Cottages
Slane, Co. Meath
Tricia and and Brian Conroy’s magnificent Georgian country house with cottages is available to hire for an exclusive stay or to host a private house party (maximum sixty guests). Set in parkland near the charming village of Slane in Coun ...

What's On

Kells Farmers Market - County Meath - Saturdays
Kells Farmers Market

FBD Insurance Grounds, Kells, County Meath

Saturdays 10am - 2pm

Tourist Attractions

Hill of Tara - Tara Navan County Meath Ireland
Hill of Tara
Tara, Co. Meath
The Hill of Tara is is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath and is best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, however the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age whe ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Slane Castle
Slane, Co. Meath
Set in the heart of the picturesque Boyne Valley on a magnificent 1,500 acre estate, Slane Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest and most beautiful castles. There are several fine churches to choose from nearby - including Rathfeigh Church, and ...
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