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“Perfect for active kids”
Review of Kells Priory

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

The docent at Jerpoint Abbey suggested that we pick up a picnic and visit Kells Priory which was just up the road. It was a wee bit chilly so we opted to eat lunch at a café but we headed to Kells Priory. It did not disappoint. The first thing that struck me as we pulled into the town of Kells was the sear size of the priory. It was massive!! There are several car parking areas. We parked near the 2nd mill (only in Ireland do directions like that make sense!) and walked across a footbridge to get to the priory. Besides a few OPW employees who were stabilizing one section, we were the only ones there. The kids were free to run, play, climb and imagine what it was like in 1183 when it was built. I know that Europeans are used to seeing old stone structures but I loved the look of awe when my kids realized that the place they were standing was designed and built 300 years or so before Columbus even discovered the New World. Gained perspective!

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

This was our second trip to Kells Priory, and we loved it just as much the second time. You can freely wander the ruins, and imagine the priory as it might have been when they were housing the Book of Kells. The sheep add charm, and the walk along the stream to the old mill is delightful.

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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Kells Priory is a wonderful spot to explore. We were directed there by the fantastic folks at Lawcus Farm Guest House in neighboring Stonyford. The spot itself is majestic and straight out of a travel book of Ireland. Visitors are free to roam among the ruins safely, and commune with the grazing sheep. There is an interesting, but overgrown cemetery as well, and a footbridge across the King's River behind that leads to a path that takes you back towards Kells proper, passing an old water mill and over a lovely bridge. There were wild blackberries along the way that we noshed on.

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Reviewed 23 September 2012

The priory doesn't have the spectacular feel of many of the castles in ireland, but it feels authentic and is a nice spot, especially amongst all of the grazing sheep.

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Reviewed 16 September 2012

My wife and I decide to stop here after finding it on our map on our way back to our hotel as we drove back from Waterford to our hotel in Laois. You drive up to this parking lot where you see one of the exterior walls. There is a field full of sheep you have to walk through to get inside, which is massive. It’s an unspoiled treat. As much as the guided tours and exhibits are cool, coming to this place is a nice change of pace. There was no one else there (except for the sheep) and we were free to explore, if you’re in the area check it out.

Side note: There is a Mill that is tech. part of the Priory, you can walk from one to the other, but we got a little confused because the GPS told us to park at the Mill...there is another parking lot right by the Priory that us up the road a little ways (hang a right out of the mill)

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