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Kells Priory, County Kilkenny

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Kells Priory is one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland.

The Augustine priory is situated alongside King's River beside the village of Kells, about 15 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The priory is a National Monument and is in the guardianship of the Office of Public Works. One of its most striking feature is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls which enclose a site of just over 3 acres. These give the priory the appearance more of a fortress than of a place of worship and from them comes its local name of \"Seven Castles\".

4 km southeast of the priory on the R697 regional road is Kilree round tower and 9th century High Cross, said to be the burial place of Niall Caille. It was used in the film Barry Lyndon as the location for the English Redcoat encampment.
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  • This time of year we had the paddock that these ruins sit on to ourselves. Great peaceful acreage but watch for the sheep poop. This is a free attraction and parking was no problem or fees. Walk throu...  read more »
  • Recommend visiting these ruins though we are situated near Kilkenny. I am really very extensive and in spite of all these centuries are in good condition. Access is free and you can walk around freely inside the walls.
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  • We visited on a wet Sunday and were one of only two couples there. Basically the site is the ruins of an ancient priory and remarkably intact in many places. It's in the middle if a paddock so a walk ...  read more »
  • Beautiful scenery in a secluded location. Ruins of towers churches and buildings with sheep moving throughout
  • Beautiful ruins! Be prepared to walk through the sheep field, which is pretty great!
  • Serenity, history, sheep
  • Amazing place but this is not the contact number and you do not need to book in advance, just land, its open 24/7
  • Amazing set of ruins with a rich history. Take the time to head over to the old mill across the river too. Beautiful scenery throughout the area.
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