Things to see and do - Kells
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Attractive market town in the valley of the River Blackwater, Kells owes its fame to the old abbey. The Book of Kells, a famous illuminated biblical manuscript that was stolen in 1007 then found two months later without its gold ornament, is today kept at Trinity College library in Dublin. It was created in the 8C by the monks. In 807 the abbey, founded in the 6C by Saint Columba, harboured monks who were fleeing the Viking attacks on Iona.
Tourist attractions Kells : Things to see and do
IRL - Kells
At the corners of Castlekeeran Cemetery, there are three undecorated early crosses, which pre-date the scriptural crosses of Kells, and an Ogham stone. At the Loughcrew Passage Graves, there are at least 30 graves, some of which have been excavated. ..
N 3 IRL - Kells
An ancient stone oratory with a corbelled stone roof stands in a small lane. This oratory probably dates back to the 11C or the 12C. The original entrance can be seen on the Western wall; the intervening floor has disappeared. There is a tiny chamber..
Market St. IRL - Kells
Different relics of the monastery still remain in the cemetery of the Anglican Church of St. Columba. The round tower, built before 1076, no longer has its conical cap and the heads carved on the doorway are severely weathered. Nearby stands the Sout..
Headfort Place IRL - Kells .
In the heart of the Boyne Valley, family-run Headfort Arms Hotel boasts an excellent restaurant and relaxing spa rooms. Dublin city centre is 1 hour away. Headfort Arms offers spacious, beautifully furnished rooms, all with contemporary en suite fac..