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Kells Courthouse - Tourism and Cultural Hub
Kells, Co. Meath
Family friendly
Paid car parking
Free to visit
Visit Kells Courthouse - Tourism and Cultural Hub in County Meath. It is a heritage centre with many interesting exhibitions to inspire visitors and locals to explore the historic town of Kells. Spend time discovering the fascinating history, culture, arts and heritage of the area.

Kells Courthouse in County Meath was built in 1801 on the commission of Lord Headfort. It was designed by the prominent Irish architect Francis Johnston, who also designed the General Post Office. When first built the downstairs was used as a courthouse and upstairs for entertaining local residents. In more recent years it was a local library.

Today, Kells Courthouse has a very impressive interior with interactive multimedia screens and insightful audiovisual displays. Visitors will see an exhibition on Kells and the Boyne Valley. A facsimile copy of the 'Book of Kells', a replica of the Kells Crozier (an elaborately decorated staff that was a symbol of the office of a bishop or abbot), and the Kells town model are both on display.

There are many historical points of interest worth visiting when in Kells including the High Crosses, Kells Round Tower, Market Square, St Columba's Church, St Colmcille's House, the Spire of Lloyd, St Ciaran’s Well and Market Cross. Relive the story of the Book of Kells, follow the footsteps of the monks and St Colmcille on his voyage and explore Kells ancient monastic history.

Why we like it
  • Discover the wonderful history, culture, arts and heritage of Kells and the surrounding Boyne Valley.
  • The Kells Courthouse was designed by Irish architect Francis Johnston.
  • See a replica of the Kells Crozier and a town model of Kells on display.
Contact details
Kells Rd, Maudlin, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend up to 1 hour here.

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Free things to doKells High Crosses

The High Crosses of Kells, County Meath, are fascinating symbols of the historic Boyne Valley and part of one of Ireland’s greatest monastic settlements. Four high crosses with fine historical details survive to this day in the town with the base of a fifth still visible in the grounds of St Columba’s Church.

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