Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub

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The beautifully restored Kells Courthouse is home to a brand new tourism and arts hub. It hosts 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.

Kells Courthouse was recently shortlisted in the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020 in the 'Supporting Tourism' category.  

Opening Hours

  • Tues- Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm   (closed for lunch 1:30-2:00pm)
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm    (closed for lunch 1:30-2:00pm)

The courthouse was designed and built in 1801 on the commission of Lord Headfort of Kells, and gifted to the town. It was designed by the prominent Irish architect, Francis Johnston, who also designed the General Post Office and Nelson's Pillar, Dublin, and Townley Hall in County Louth.

Interactive multimedia touch screens and video engages and inspire visitors to the exhibition to explore 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), and the Kells town model are all on view and Boyne Valley Tourism staff are on hand to give advice.

The exhibition is FREE to visit and fully accessible to wheelchair users. Drop in for free brochures, information and a friendly chat.

Walking tours of Kells

Free walkin tours are available in Kells. Please click here for more details.

St. Colmcilles House

St. Colmcilles House is also open for visitors upon (please contact the Courthouse beforehand to arrange a visit and give 24hrs notice)

+353 (0) 46 9247508
Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub
Headfort Rd
Co. Meath
A82 RY62
(located opposite the Market Cross as one enters Kells from the Navan or Slane road)

Postal Address:
Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub
c/o Kells MD Offices
Headfort Place
Co. Meath