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“The best part of Kells!”

Kells Monastic Site
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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.
Upwey, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The best part of Kells!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Well worth a visit in passing through. Since the museum has closed it is the most interesting site in Kells, There is a lot of history relating to Kells but unfortunately there is not much to show for it nowadays.

Visited August 2014
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Wellingborough, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Impressive site”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This monastic ruin has a huge footprint and must have been a significant fortress at the height of its use. Though not accessible for wheelchairs/buggies/the infirm, it is worth the walk across the sheep-field to reach the site and explore at will.

Visited August 2014
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Cork
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting site”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Interesting site to visit if you like historical Abbeys etc.
Be prepared to walk across a field to access this site - not for the elderly but otherwise ok.
Beautiful scenic setting. A Franciscan Abbey which is undergoing restoration at the moment, it should be wonderful when completed.
Very interesting to walk the ruins, if you have visited Jerpoint Abbey with the guided tour it would help to understand whats what in Kells Abbey.

Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited June 2014
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Derry, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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“very interesting - a must see!”
Reviewed 28 June 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.

Visited June 2014
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