Kells Historic Trail

Kells, or Ceanannas Mór, meaning Great Fort, was known to be a royal residence before St. Colmcille established a religious settlement in Kells in 550. It is considered by many historians to be one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland.

Kells round tower and High CrossA walk through the town will lead visitors to realise that its physical treasures are the monastic layout of the town. The trail commences at the Town Hall and Tourist information point (located beside the Headfort Arms Hotel at Headfort Place) where you will find parking.

Kells Historic Trail Map

Details of map collection: Download Kells Historic Trail Map

The walk takes approximately 60 minutes and profiles the following points:

  1. Old Courthouse
  2. Market Cross
  3. St. John's Cemetery
  4. Town Hall
  5. Parnell Gardens
  6. Oliver Usher's Auction Rooms
  7. Monastic Site
  8. St. Columcille's House
  9. Churchyard Wall
  10. Bective Square
  11. Presbyterian Church
  12. Columcille's Well
  13. Spire of Lloyd
  14. Waterworks
  15. Headford House


Bridge over the River Blackwater

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Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub

Headfort Rd Kells

Co. Meath

A82 RY62

GPS: 53.72632768519144, -6.870586534321023

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