The town of Kells (Ceanannus Mór – “Head Fort") has a rich and ancient history. Thousands of years ago it was used as a royal residence for the High Kings of Ireland.
Kells has one of the finest collections of early Christian artefacts in Ireland. Come and follow the footsteps of the monks and grasp a sense of life in the 6th century.
THE MARKET TOWN
The town of Kells has always been an important trading post, situated as it was on one of the five ancient roads of Ireland. It receieved a Market Charter from Walter de Lacy in the 12 century.
With the arrival of the Normans, large estates became a feature of Ireland. These estates were a feature of the landscape of Kells and have helped shape the way it looks now.