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The Old Courthouse, and the Heritage Centre for Kells,  was designed and built in 1801 on the commission of Lord Headfort and gifted to the town of Kells. 

This building operated as a courthouse until the late 1990's when the Courts Service moved the local court to Bective Street and the Town Council decided to refurbish the building as a Heritage Centre.


It is a fantastic location in which to become acquainted with the town with a special permanent FREE Boyne Valley Exhibition designed to inspire tourists and local people to explore the town, and spend time discovering its wonderful history, culture, arts and heritage; using interactive multi-media touch screens and video, along with display systems, a facsimile copy of the book of Kells and a replica of the Kells Crozier.

Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub Opening Hours

Monday: 09:00 - 17:00

Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00

Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00

Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00

Friday: 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00

Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00 (June - August only)

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Our tourist desk is located at Kells CourthouseTourism and Cultural Hub, Headford Place.  It hosts a special permanent Boyne Valley exhibition designed to inspire exploration of the town and to spend time discovering its wonderful history, culture, arts and heritage. Interactive multimedia touch screens and video engage 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.