Kells Courthouse reopens as new Tourism and Cultural Hub

Published: 29 May 2018

The Kells Courthouse reopend in May 2018 with a special permanent Boyne Valley Exhibition designed to inspire tourists and local people to explore the town of Kells and spend time discovering its wonderful history, culture, arts and heritage. Located in the main hall of the Kells Courthouse, this much anticipated new exhibition uses the latest digital technology to showcase renowned and unique historic sites of the Boyne Valley and provide an exciting overview of Ireland’s Ancient East initiative. The use of interactive multimedia touch screens and video will engage and inspire visitors to the exhibition to visit Kells and the surrounding Boyne Valley.  A facsimile copy of the Book of Kells, a replica of the Kells Crozier (an elaborately decorated staff that was a symbol of the office of a bishop or abbot in the 9th and 10th centuries), and the Kells town model will all be on view.   This is an initiative of the Discover Boyne Valley brand and is supported by Meath County Council and Fáilte Ireland. Located in the beautifully restored Kells Courthouse the exhibition is FREE to visit and will be open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 7 days during the summer months of July and August.     

The Kells Courthouse can be contacted on 046 924 7508

Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council said, “We are delighted to work with Failte Ireland and the local community and to invest in the development of this new Visitors Centre.  As tourist numbers grow, the Kells Courthouse will provide a focal point for visitors to the historic town of Kells, providing then with a warm welcome and helpful information on what to see and do in the Boyne Valley,  birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East.  This new Visitors Centre provides tourists and locals with a great facility to plan their visit to Kells and the Boyne valley and adds to their overall experience. As well as being an information source for tourists, it is also a place where local Meath people can learn about and enjoy what is on offer on their own doorstep.  Local input is essential in developing visitor experiences and the local community and all parties involved have worked with Meath County Council and Failte Ireland to make this project a success”.


 Head of Ireland’s Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland, Jenny De Saulles, said: “Through our Ireland’s Ancient East brand, which Meath is an integral part of, we are constantly looking for new ways to develop world-class visitor experiences to encourage the visitor to spend longer in the local area and to ensure the whole region benefits from tourism. That’s why we invested in the Kells Courthouse, providing a focal point for people to explore the monastic town and its surrounding areas, as well helping to shape an engaging experience by bringing to life the stories and history behind the Boyne Valley. We know that visitors from around the world are increasingly expecting more interactive and hands-on ways to enjoy history and heritage – key components of our Ireland’s Ancient East brand – and the new exhibition at the Kells Courthouse is sure to provide a top-class experience for overseas visitors and locals alike.”


Cllr. David Gilroy, Chair Kells MD and Chair Boyne Valley Tourism said, “I very much welcome this exhibition to the town of Kells.  It will serve a number of purposes. Importantly it will introduce locals and visitors to the history of Kells and the surrounding areas that are home to the renowned and unique historic sites of the Boyne Valley. It will also provide an exciting overview of the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative. The friendly staff in the Kells Courthouse will give tourists the information they need to enable them finalise their itinerary and further explore Kells and the Boyne Valley”.

Pictured are Meath County Council’s Kevin Stewart, Director of Planning, Economic Development & Environment and Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive with Michele Whelan, Boyne Valley Tourism Officer.