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Visit the Heritage Town of Kells
Home of the Book of Kells
Kells is a delightful small town with one of the very best collections of the sculpture and buildings of the early Christians and is most famous for its 9th century Book of Kells, which is one of the most beautiful books in the world.
A manuscript of the Four Gospels, it was completed in Kells in the monastic site and sent to Trinity College in the 17th century, where it still remains.
The highlights of ancient Kells are clustered in the monastic site, with its Round Tower and three High Crosses and the base of a fourth one. Across the road is one of the oldest monastic buildings in Ireland, known at St. Colmcille's House. A fifth cross, known as the Market Cross, was removed for safety down the hill and stands outside the Old Courthouse.
The Spire of Loyd, a short drive outside the town centre, is Ireland's only inland lighthouse, and gives a wonderful view of the country round about.
Headfort House which was designed by the renowned Irish architect, George Semple for the Earl of Bective, Sir Thomas Taylor, and built in the 18th century, houses the only suite of Robert Adam interiors to survive in Ireland, and is now being restored under the care of the Headfort Trust and the World Monuments Fund.
Teltown, nearby, was the location for the famous Tailteann Games, which formed the template for the ancient Olympic Games
These are but a sample of the wonderful things to see and do in Kells & District, and we highly recommend a stay in the area to appreciate all there is to see in this historically rich area!