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Kells Priory

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Read about this in a Rick Steve's guide book so it may not stay hidden long, but it was a great stop. After a day in Kilkenny when all the sites had closed (after 6pm) I was able... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Read about this in a Rick Steve's guide book so it may not stay hidden long, but it was a great stop. After a day in Kilkenny when all the sites had closed (after 6pm) I was able to take a short drive and explore the site for a while. Very large site with lots to see. No hours, however... More 

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Mansfield, TX
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited Kell's Priory in May, 2017. This is a pretty well preserved ruin, which is amazing, considering it's now a sheep pasture (watch your step). There is a trail that goes around the ruin, and gates keeping the animals out. Once inside, there is a ton to explore, climb, etc. Much of the ruin is off-limits,... More 

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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Incredible place. It is a well-preserved ruin - easy to walk around imagining what life was like there some hundreds of years ago. There was no one else there when we visited and we had a great time deciding which "rooms" were the monks' cells, dining areas, kitchen with big oven etc. The priory is well enough preserved that the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Words can't describe this place. We spent almost 2 hours exploring climbing, admiring, etc. My kids didn't want to leave! It's GIGANTIC and every corner you take is a new place to explore. We were the only ones there most of the time. Not sure why tourists haven't caught on to this gem yet.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

We loved this place. It was a wonderfully misty day when we visited and our kids enjoyed exploring the grounds and pretending to be in Middle Ages. While it's not in perfect condition, you still get a great sense of what was there hundreds of years ago. There were free tours offered and the guides were quite knowledgable.

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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Great place to see and it's free. Some other places are closed because it's not prim tourist season. We walked around and took tons of pictures. Just wish there were some plaques explaining the different buildings. Just be aware that it is muddy and watch out for the sheep droppings. Otherwise a great place to visit. Great for kids to... More 

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Berlin, Deutschland
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We combined visiting the ruins of Kells Priory with a visit to Jerpoint Abbey and the monastic site in Kilree. Kells Priory is an impressivly large site. We were joking around that the monks might have used the big open space within the walls for games of hurling. It was great fun exploring the site with its church, remains of... More 

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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This was our second time to this ancient area and is beautiful. Our problem this time was that there was moist ground and was slick as could be on the hills leading to the Priory. We had to abandon our visit due to a couple of falls with our daughter and the discouragement of it. Wear good hiking boot and... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

We didn't intend to visit the Kells Priory. Our sat nav was supposed to take us from the Rock of Cashel to the Jerpoint Abbey and instead of taking some major roads we went on some very tiny ones and found this amazing priory. We walked towards it through some fields, it was a pretty rare find. It was founded... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Not far from Kilkenny. Amazing fortified Priory with most of the walls intact. Huge place and very impressive. Good car park and a nice walk at the back of the priory along the river. Well worth a visit.

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