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Kells Priory

Visit Ireland’s largest enclosed ecclesiastical site

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Kells Priory

Visit Ireland’s largest enclosed ecclesiastical site

See all opening times

Limited Access

Open but with no guide
service in place

Admission

Free admission

Getting here

Kells Priory
Kells
Co. Kilkenny
R95 V184

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Kells Priory

Kells Priory owes its foundation to the Anglo-Norman consolidation of Leinster. Founded by Geoffrey FitzRobert, a household knight and trusted companion of William Marshal the priory was one element of Geoffrey’s establishment of the medieval town of Kells.

Although founded in c. 1193 extensive remains exist today which include a nave, chancel, lady chapel, cloister and associated builds plus the remains of the priory’s infirmary, workshop, kitchen, bread oven and mill. The existence of the medieval defences, surrounding the entire precinct, underline the military aspect of the site and inspired the priory’s local name, the ‘Seven Castles of Kells’.

Opening Times

10 June – 6 September Wednesday – Sunday 09:30 – 17:00

Guided tours available. Last guided tour 16:30

Contact

Kells Priory
Kells
Co. Kilkenny
R95 V184

056 772 4623 / 087 067 5783

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Facilities

  • Audio Tour
  • Guided tours
  • River Walk

Restrictions

  • Uneven walkways

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