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Charming house, top of the hill from the church

Charming house, top of the hill from the church. There's a key at a house close to the church and you can go in and visit the inside of this 9th century pile of stones. I didn't... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Charming house, top of the hill from the church. There's a key at a house close to the church and you can go in and visit the inside of this 9th century pile of stones. I didn't - but it doesn't cost anything if you find out which house it is that has the key. (It's something like the 14th... More 

Thank phoenixesrose
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 564 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Such a beautiful charming little house, hidden away right in the heart of Kells, a short walk from the Monastic Site. St. Colmcilles house is tiny really and although there is not a lot to see, what there is is well worth it! The key can be got from the keyholder, a lady down the street... 17 houses down as... More 

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Medina, Ohio
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

St. Columba lived in this dry-stone (no mortar) cell hundreds of years ago. It is larger than I might have expected. Did not go in because I did not want to disturb the woman who keeps the key. The same sort of construction as seen in the Gallarus Oratory out on Dingle. Has stood a remarkable test of time.

Thank Sarah_S_1250636
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

This unique building in Kells must be seen if visiting this historic heritage town. It's appearance from outside and the feeling you get when inside will remain with you for a long time.

Thank bookman2016
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

It was great to see this place and so quaint that the key is held by relatives of the original owners. We loved seeing it and Lucy did a good job of explaining the story

Thank Wilma L
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The lady who holds the key to St. Columba’s house wasn’t home. There is no mortar in the house, it is stacked and angled stones, an amazing feat of early architecture. There was an underground passage from the house to the church. We were in awe.

Thank Jennifer L
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

After walking up the hill to see it, we found a sign asking us to call into someones house for the key, by the time we reached the house (17th to the left) we were at the bottom of the hill and it was raining so we didn't bother.

Thank Gillian B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

The guide was very informative with much of the general knowledge and the interesting sidenotes. I enjoyed being able to go inside and see the interior. It's not something I would make a special effort to see, but if you are in the area or are particularly interested in this, I recommend going.

Thank Kim G
Vashon, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2015

The house can be viewed from the street but you can only gain access from the key keeper who lives a few houses down the hill, opposite the main entrance to the church yard so leave some extra time if you want to see inside. There is a single room and some alcoves as well as a steep ladder up... More 

Thank Adam S
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Adjacent to the Kells Church, this house if made entirely of stone - including the roof. It amazed me! It has its own history interwoven with the church but we could only see it from the street and through the gate.

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