Kells Augustinian Priory

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  • Address: Kells, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Church, Family And Kids, Town, Architecture

Located 15 kilometres south of Kilkenny Town, the Kells Augustine Priory was founded in 1193 by Geoffrey FitzRobert. The priory succeeded an earlier church dedicated to St Mary and served as a parish church for the nearby Kells Village.

The church is known for its distinct architecture and design. The equally spaced towers with stone walls enclosing an area of 3 acres make the place look more like a fortress than a place of worship.

An excavation was initiated at the site in 1972 which over many supervisors got completed in 1993. The present day priory is nothing short of a walk through history quiet literally.

The beautiful stone walls and arches contradict with the greenery around to give a scenic appeal to every visitor.

A Celtic cross at the site dates back to the 9th century and stands tall over the tomb of Niall Caille- a High King of Ireland.

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  • Kells Augustinian Priory Address: Kells, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Kells Augustinian Priory Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Kells Augustinian Priory(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Kells Augustinian Priory: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 35.61% of people who visit Kilkenny include Kells Augustinian Priory in their plan

  • 30.61% of people start their Kells Augustinian Priory visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Kells Augustinian Priory

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

92.73% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kells Augustinian Priory

People normally club together Dunmore Cave and St Mary's Cathedral while planning their visit to Kells Augustinian Priory.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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