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Kells Monastic Site
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$492.18*
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Boyne Valley Hill of Tara and Kells Private Tour from Dublin
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Kells
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Owner description: A special place, not much changed in 1,200 years. A place where the incomparable Book of Kells was written and housed for over 800 years. The biggest collection of high crosses in one area. The royal residence of High King Cormac mac Air, the Law Maker.
Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visited the monastic site after closing time for the church, so I have no information on what is inside. But the outside is a disappointment. The high crosses have no protection, the images are difficult to make out. The grounds too are a bit of a mess, and there is nothing to indicate what the actual monastic site was like. Consider what a priceless treasure the Book of Kells is and how important Colmcille was this quite disappointing. If you want to see high crosses and round towers, head to Monasterboice instead.

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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Having seen the book of Kells in Dublin, I had to go visit Kells itself when I was in the area. It is really interesting to see the original site and find out a bit more of the history.

Thank Catherine777_13
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

In retrospect, odd to find this site where it is, but there it is. Kells book written around 1000 a.d., disappears turns up and is now at Trinity college library (also pretty much must see. The tower is a delight - I used to be an ironworker (structural steel) and was used to working high -but with modern equipment. In the presence of this tower - had to blush, A stroke of work it is.

Thank jim b
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed wandering the grounds of this ancient place where the Book of Kells was kept for centuries. The tower is an iconic picture of Ireland.

Thank slaventure
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

While we visited one of the elders of the church was getting ready for a wedding later in the day and he invited us in and we had a private tour of the lovely church. This is said to be where the Book of Kells was actually written and they have some copies of the original pages. Each of the graves, even those no longer clearly visible, have been documented. There are several High Crosses and a round tower as well as part of one building from early 1600's. And that's just the 'modern' history of the site. Wonderful

1  Thank Erin C
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