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Kells Round Tower & High Crosses

Kells, in County Meath, is considered by many historians to be one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland.


The Kells Heritage Centre, in Kells County Meath, houses a fine exhibition of facsimile artefacts from monastic times including a copy of the Book of Kells gifted to the town by Trinity College. A model of the town in monastic times allows visitors to see the original site within the existing town.


Kells’ round tower, though roofless, stands at a height of 25m. In 1076 Murchadh Mac Flainn, who was fighting for the High Kingship of Ireland, was murdered in the tower. The tower is surrounded by several finely carved high crosses, in various states of preservation. A stone church known as St. Columba’s House, dating from the 9th century is possibly the oldest surviving structure in the town. It is a classic example of an early Irish church with a steeply pointed stone roof.


Address: Visitor / Heritage Information Centre, Kells Civic Offices, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath
Email: kellstouristoffice@meathcoco.ie
Phone: + 353 46 9240076
Website: http://www.meathtourism.ie