Looking for inspiration for your next trip to the historic walled town? Then why not check out this 48 hour itinerary and book your next Kells & District adventure! Why wait, do it today!!

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Once you have arrived, the first thing to do is to check into your accommodation. We have a range of B&B's, as well as our award-winning Headfort Arms hotel. Once you have dropped your bags and settled yourself, why not take a walk down to the tourist office and have a look at the facsimile copy of The Book of Kells and have a chat with one of our knowledgeable tourist office staff before you set off on your first day in Kells?



Now that you are all checked in, head to one of our local cafes for a bite to eat and a cup of tea.  We have some wonderful friendly establishments for you to try.  

Have a browse around the beautiful interior selections available at Mulberry on Main on Farrell Street while having a cup of coffee and a scrumptious treat.


Walking Tour...become a local !!

Begin your visit by taking a stroll through history on one of our Kells WalkAbout Tours.

Get a unique insight into the historic town of Kells or take a trip down memory lane by joining our volunteer guides, who will take you on a walking tour of their town - from the ancient monastic site to the Georgian Quarter and will share with you the local stories and hidden gems of Kells.  

Visit the Abbess at St. John's Graveyard.... Discover who was murdered in the Round Tower in 1076.... Where did Queen Maeve set up camp on her way to the Battle of Cooley? And how is Kells famously connected to the movie 'The Quiet Man?

There is so much to discover!

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Spire of Lloyd

A unique landmark in Ireland's Ancient East


Kells boasts the location of Ireland's only inland lighthouse.  The Spire of Loyd is 30 metres high and stands on a iron age hill fort.  On a clear day one can see magnificent views of the surrounding countryside as far as the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland.  


From here, why not keep those walking boots on and continue along The Blackwater River Loop walk.  Exit at the swing gate and follow the signs.  Why not go foraging at Girley Bog, 


Whichever way  you chose to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors... Kells has it all !

Meet the Miller

Martry Mill is one of a few working watermills in Ireland producing stoneground wholemeal flour since 1859.  James Tallon, who has been working in the mill since he was a teenager, would love to tell you how he undertook a project in 2012 to restore the waterwheel to its previous glory and bring Martry Mill back to life.  To book a tour, pleasae email James at hello@martrymill.ie

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After a long day exploring Kells and District, you will have worked up an appetite for dinner. Why not head to our award winning hotel for a lovely home cooked evening meal? The Headfort Arms Hotel has a delicious selection of food choices - from Gastro Pub grub to carvery lunches in the Lounge ordining in the award-winning Vanilla Pod restaurant.  Visit their website for more information.


A must see on your visit are the Contemporary Colourful Illuminations Celebrating the 1500th Birthday of Saint Colmcille in Kells Co. Meath. 


A fabulous night time experience as you stroll after dark...A perfect end the your day.

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Guided tours meet at Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural hub......Dont't miss out..they are fabulous!!

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Once you are up and about, why not take a stroll and head out for a hearty breakfast? We have a wide range of wonderful cafés here in Kells for you to enjoy. So for a spot of breakfast or brunch, try the quirky, one of a kind BOOK MARKet cafe and enjoy a nice book and you can sample some of the local homemade food in this glorious cafe.

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Mythical and Magical

Teltown & Donagh Patrick


Take a 10 minute drive to Teltown and walk along the ancient cobbled path that leads to the old graveyard where you will find rock art dating from 2000 BC  at Tailteann (Teltown). 

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Lough Crew Megalithic Cairns


Just a short drive from Kells, these tombs are over 5,000 years old which makes them older than Newgrange. Hear about the legend of the witch who is credited for these tombs, sit on her throne and take in the breath-taking scenery from the Royal County’s highest point. 

Girley Bog

After your walk around St Columba's church, why not jump into your car and head out to Girley Bog for a nice walk among the wonderful flora and fauna in this natural historic bog.? It boasts a 6km nature walk there is plenty to see and admire along the boardwalk.

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You will have worked up an healthy appetite following your adventures weploring our heritage town and its historic sites and fantastic amenities.  After a packed morning filled with beautiful walks and wonderful sites, that belly must be rumbling, so next on the list is lunch.  Make your way to Jack's Bar Restaurant Garden for lunch and choose from a selection of scrumptious food - it is the perfect spot to replenish and revive your energy after the long morning walks in Girley Bog and Tailteann.  


 It is now time to get out and about again and enjoy fresh air and exercise with a round of golf at the beautiful Headfort Golf Club with its 36 hole parkland complex -green fees start from only €35pp

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Wind down after an exciting day by heading to one of our wonderful clothes shops. Have a look around Dunnes The Premier House, Karens Boutique and Paul's Menswear.

If you are looking for a special gift or keepsake from your visit, then we highly recommend a browse at the Round tower Gift Shop or the Vintage Emporium.


After enjoying your last day of adventures of Kells and the surrounding areas,  visit the award winning Bective restaurant for a delicious meal and warm hospitality or relax at Jacks Restaurant and Garden, The Vanilla Pod, or The Cook of Kells before setting off on your journey home. 

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We hope you have a memorable few days and enjoy the warm Céad Míle Fáilte and the rich history of this unique area.