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Erin_in_Texas
Dallas, TX32 contributions
Jun 2022
So peaceful and beautiful - it is an amazingly complex ruin. Much larger than I anticipated. The setting is pastoral with the fields and sheep and river. We combined this visit with Jerpoint Abbey about 10 minutes away. If you're in Kilkenny, skip the castle and come here instead. Also, be sure to stop by The Kings Mill Restaurant in Mullins Mill. Tables are tucked around original mill-workings and the food is incredible!
Written 20 June 2022
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Kate H
Cambridge, New Zealand137 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Off the standard track beaten by tourists, but well worth the drive. Located beside a beautiful river, with a sadly derelict water mill, the only sound being the wrens proclaiming their territory to one another. We spent nearly as much time meandering by the river, watching the trout, grey wagtails and heron, as we did exploring the amazing priory on all its ruined glory. Completely free to wander round, all that is missing is a few information boards telling a bit more about this astonishing place.
Never mind the Rock of Cashel, see this ruin instead - but tread softly, and soak up the peace and atmosphere. You will come away refreshed.
Written 28 May 2022
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Mairead2104
Mountmellick, Ireland40 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
So much history. How did they build such a massive structure? So many elements. Then there's the beautiful walk to and along the river. After that you come upon the old mills converted to accommodation and a restaurant. We walked into the village and visited the local church. Quite lovely too. We finished the walk then back to the carpark. We lived our visit to Kells Priory.
Written 6 December 2021
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Billie Kay
Tonasket17 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We love this place. It is a Priory that is partly ruined and such a beautiful setting. The beginning has a QR code you can scan on your phone. Then you can read or listen to the history. It has a loop walk that is beautiful and ends at Kings Mill Restaurant and Mullins Mill.
This is truly one of my favorite spots in Ireland.❤️
Written 27 September 2021
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Niamh M
8 contributions
Aug 2021
If you are ever in Kilkenny and looking for things to do, go check out Kells Priory Castle which is a twenty-minute drive from the city centre (8 miles). The history of the castle and Kells Priory is incredible.

We booked a tour with Liam O'Sullivan (the local historian and tour guide) in late August during Heritage Week. It was so much fun to uncover what the ruins once were. Liam was so knowledgeable and engaging. He took us on the loop walk and showed us things that we would normally have walked past!

The tour took around 90 minutes with a group of adults but can include all ages from primary school children up. Would definitely recommend it for a great day out! P.s. the local artist, Kevin Fennelly, has some incredible work scattered along the route.
Written 19 September 2021
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Donna
Waterford, Ireland41 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a lovely place to visit not too far from kilkenny. The walk around the grounds is lovely and the river walk is fab .
Written 23 July 2021
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Kellieveebee
51 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
An amazing site with such rich history. We walked around the ruins and spent time considering each and every part of this fabulous structure but the real beauty is to be seen from afar. If you take the loop walk, the return to the car park boasts a panoramic view of the priory and amidst the rural landscape you can almost imagine it in all its former glory. Such an imposing yet magical structure: worth a visit!
Written 14 August 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,427 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Having spent a wonderful hour or so yesterday at Kells Priory, I cannot help but marvel at the place and scratch my head as to why it is not better known or more visited.
The scale of it is astonishing. It's just huge and so majestic.
There is a car park by the road and you walk through a sheep pasture for a few minutes to reach the priory. It's an easy walk, don't worry,the grass is low and the slope is gentle.
The site dates from 1183 but it was a decade before the Augustinians arrived to develop such a thriving priory.
The cloister, as always, is at the heart of the site with the nave beside it. In the 15th century there were significant additions including 5 towers.
It's an amazing place, absolutely sprawling. It deserves a visitors centre as it is probably the biggest religious settlement of it's kind I have visited and there is so much to see - but so much is left without display boards or signage. So much potential.
There's virtual guide available but wifi is so poor I could not follow it throughout the site.
Anyway, utterly beguiling, definitely worth a visit.
Written 7 August 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Jul 2020
This is one of the best monastic sites I have visited in Ireland. Very peaceful and not so crowded like Clonmacnoise, for example. There are no facilities there, and the site is open 24/7. There are some walking trails around the site.
Written 23 July 2020
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WeDreamOfTravel
New Hampshire871 contributions
Aug 2019
This was once a large priory with stone walls for defense. Visitors make donations to enter, cross a sheep pasture, and have access to the priory. We were unfortunate in that there were no guides or signs to help us understand what we were seeing. Near the car park, signs indicated that visitors could use an online, interactive "guide" but neither of us could get it to work on our devices.

We loved visiting the Priory and left wishing the government would invest funds to make it a staffed location with guides for visitors. If you want to visit and learn about the priory, it might be a good idea to pay for a day tour that includes this as a stop. We wish we had done that.
Written 3 January 2020
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