Thursday, September 15, 2011
Located less than 40 miles northwest of Dublin, the heritage town of Kells is a living town over a thousand years old has its ancient and medieval remains everywhere in evidence. A walk through the town will lead visitors to realize that its physical treasures are the monastic layout of the town, the Monastic enclosure with the High Crosses, Round Tower, St. Colmcilles House and the famous Scriptural Market Cross which now dominates the entrance to the Heritage Center.
The monastery at Kells is thought to have been founded around 804 A.D. by monks fleeing from St Colmcille's Iona monastery to escape Viking invasions. The name Book of Kells is derived from the Abbey of Kells in Kells, County Meath, which was its home for much of the medieval period. Today, the Book of Kells can be viewed at Trinity College in Dublin.
Visit the heritage town of Kells on your next self-drive tour of Ireland with Celtic Tours.