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“place is amazing but beware of theft!”
Review of Kells Priory

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Reviewed 1 July 2013

While me and my boyfriend were out looking and taking pictures of this place we returned to our rental car to find the window broken out, my brown leather backpack with my money and etc... had been stolen. No one was around except when we first parked there were two women sitting on the picnic table looking very sad and hiding their faces a bit now that we look back. Not sure if they are the ones or if someone else came along. I recommend since this place is down in the field away from the parking lot that someone stay with your car. A crowbar or some sort of tool had been used to bust the window. Luckily some nice local folks came along and helped us call the police. Just be careful, evil people are around when you think you are completely safe. Other than that this place was beautiful!

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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Kells Priory is a fantastic old Augustinian ruin on the banks of the Kings River. Known localls as the Seven Castles the priory gets it's name from the tower houses on the perimeter of the priory. The Priory was founded in 1193 by Geoffrey FitzRobert and was in use until dissolution of the monastery took place in 1540.

Parking is available in the carpark and it's free to stroll through the old priory buildings. It's worth walking over the bridge at the back of the priory and also taking in Hutchinsons Mill and Mullins Mill and completing your stoll over the main bridge and up through the village and back to the carpark. You can also take in Kilree Round Tower just a few kilometers up the hill from the Priory.

A Café is now open in Mullins Mill close to the Priory every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 6pm, it's a fantastic setting on the banks of the Kings River.

2  Thank LiamOS
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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!

3  Thank amymapes
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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.

2  Thank skaryfast
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