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Kells Monastic Site

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Address: Kells, Ireland
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A special place, not much changed in 1,200 years. A place where the...

A special place, not much changed in 1,200 years. A place where the incomparable Book of Kells was written and housed for over 800 years. The biggest collection of high crosses in one area. The royal residence of High King Cormac mac Air, the Law Maker.

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Beatiful Historic Site

Really beautiful monastic site, the high crosses being a particular highlight. They are so intricate and stately, really enjoyed seeing them. The church is not the original on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really beautiful monastic site, the high crosses being a particular highlight. They are so intricate and stately, really enjoyed seeing them. The church is not the original on the site but is very nice nonetheless and the tower looms large over the whole town, really impressive. The whole site makes a lovely, interesting, tranquil stroll...an absolute must if you're in... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I love ancient sites - especially early celtic christian ones. The famous book is of course in Dublin, however it was nice to see Kells.

Thank SarahD2020
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Steeped in the long past, breathing with the living of today... tending the souls of the county and those passing through. If you are even close to this site, it is worth a visit.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Not much to see Most of site is gone. There were some pretty flowers and an interesting Irish cross, but not much else. I was really excited to see after viewing the Book of Kells

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Got to Kells and was lucky to find two members of the Vestry of St. Columba's Church (Church of Ireland = Anglican) in the building attending to altar flowers. They were very hospitable and informative. The monastic site is remarkable in that the tower and crosses are still standing in a town hundreds of years after they were constructed.

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Tsawwassen, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

The church was shut and the tower and Celtic crosses were not outstanding at all. I would have hoped to have been able to get into the tower but no... too bad - nonetheless, a lot of history here. Maybe they could put up some better informational signs, please

Thank Jim B
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

If you are in the area, it's well worth pausing in Kells to visit this. It's at the head of the town in the grounds of the Protestant Church (which was closed for lunch when we visited and which we were told is also worth visiting). Not only one of the finest high crosses in Ireland but also an extremely... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We probably didn't do this justice as we had to be somewhere else later with a deadline to meet and our party had members who were less interested in Celtic history. However what we did see, on a grey and misly day was very interesting. An extremely pleasant and helpful lady was just opening the church up so we got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Passing through to Dublin from Donegal. I'm glad we stopped took some nice photographs of the cemetery and of course the tower and Celtic crosses. It's a pity about the town of Kells it looks as if it could do with a face lift, it looks so rundown in the parts that we saw.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

This is the celtic culture. The crosses are amazing. The cemetary is beautiful. Even though i visited this place on Halloween Day itself, it doesn't give me the creeps. This is an amazing piece of Irish Celtic history.

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