Experience "Kells' Hidden Gems" and plan your return
We are delighted that you have decided to Discover Kells and we know you will not be disappointed. Explore our website and find out why Kells Co. Meath should be your next holiday destination in Ireland's Ancient East.
Nestled on the River Blackwater in the heart of the Boyne Valley, Kells and it's environs are rich in archaeological, monastic and natural heritage.
As the birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East, the Boyne Valley is renowned for it's heritage wonders and Kells is proud to be a central part of that history. Kells' secret charm will captivate you and before you leave you will be planning a return visit.
check out our 48 hours in Kells itinerary for some inspiration
Ancient and Contemporary - Kells has it all!!
Kells lies near the physical frontier between the fertile lowlands of North Leinster and the drumlin country of South Ulster.
The frontier theme is a recurring one in the town's historical development from ancient times.
5,000 years of history and heritage are recorded in the surrounding landscape .....walk the ancient path at Tailteann (Teltown), visit the megalithic tombs at nearby Loughcrew Cairns.
.....Take in the magnificent views at the Spire at Loyd, Ireland's only inland lighthouse.
We invite you to discover the many fine examples of early Christian architecture, including high crosses, towers and churches and of course, as home to the original Book of Kells, a visit to view a facsimile is a must.
Kells offers so much more in it's welcome all year round. Visitors are attracted by the high standards of accommodation and dining choices, world class golfing amenities, angling, walking tours and year round festivals and events celebrating the culinary, cultural, literary and the creative arts.
Your base in Ireland's Ancient East
Many historical attractions are within easy driving distance from Kells such as Newgrange, the Hill of Tara, the Irish Military War Museum, Trim Castle, Martry Mill, – to name but a few - Kells ticks all the boxes with regard to the main themes of Ireland’s Ancient East with ancient, early Christian, medieval and Anglo-Irish sites all within reach.
Located within an hours driving distance from Dublin, Carlingford, Slane and Drogheda, Kells is an ideal base to unwind and explore the Boyne Valley and wider Ireland's Ancient East and Ireland's HIdden Heartlands regions at your leisure.