Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub (and Market Cross), Kells, Co. Meath. Free to visit

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"The exhibition is FREE to visit and fully accessible to wheelchair users." Ramped entrance and Disability Toilet 

Brief description

"The Courthouse was built in 1801 on the commission of Lord Headfort. It was designed by the prominent Irish architect, Francis Johnston who also designed the General Post Office, Nelson’s Pillar, Townley Hall and the East Gate entrance to Slane Castle. When first built the downstairs was used as a courthouse and upstairs for entertaining local residents. In more recent years it was a local library.

Today it has a much more modern interior with  Interactive multimedia touch screens, with video engages to inspire visitors to the exhibition to explore Kells and the surrounding Boyne Valley. A facsimile copy of the Book of Kells, a replica of the Kells Crozier (an elaborately decorated staff that was a symbol of the office of a bishop or abbot), and the Kells town model are all on view and Boyne Valley Tourism staff are on hand to give advice."

Please note that our photographs were taken before 2021.

Market Cross: see



Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub, Headfort Road, Kells, Co. Meath A82 RY62

For correspondence: Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub c/o Kells MD Offices, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath



+353 (0) 46 9247508



Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub Headfort Rd Kells, Co. Meath A82 RY62 (located opposite the Market Cross as one enters Kells from the Navan or Slane road)

Opening Times

Always check with the venue directly for up-to-date information including opening times and admission charges as they may be subject to change

2021: "The exhibition is FREE to visit and fully accessible to wheelchair users. Drop in for free brochures, information and a friendly chat.

Tues- Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm (closed for lunch 1:30-2:00pm)

Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm (closed for lunch 1:30-2:00pm)"


For more travel information go to:


Disability Toilet, Toilets

Walking tours of Kells: Free walking tours are available in Kells see

St. Colmcilles House: St. Colmcilles House is also open for visitors, subject to availability (please contact the Courthouse beforehand to arrange a visit and give 24hrs notice)

Travel Information

For further travel information please see:

Or call Transport for Ireland on +353 1 879 8300