The Kells and District Tourism Network was formed in 2016 to represent all matters relating to the visitor experience of Kells and District
In the past 18 months the group which consists of local event organisers, accommodation providers, venue owners, retailers, historians and those with an interest in tourism development have achieved notable progress in the developing the visitor experience of the town and its surrounding area. Projects and ongoing work by the group include liaising with Boyne Valley Tourism and Failte Ireland on the reopening of the Courthouse with a resulting reopening scheduled for coming weeks. The centre will represent a wonderful interactive experience for the visitor to the heritage and story of Kells from megalithic times to current day. Initially the ground floor will open with improved outdoor space suitable for recitals and events and it is hoped that in the coming 12 months that works will continue to reopen the back and first floor to represent the vibrant Arts scene of the region. A new updated Visitor Website has been launched, aswell as a Social Media Campaign and Calendar of Event for the area, this may be viewed at www.visitingkells.ie
The Network are also liaising with Failte Ireland and the Office of Public Works in the protection, restoration, accessibility and interpretation of the Monastic Site including the Round Tower, Monastic Crosses and St. Colmcilles House. Meetings, correspondence and reports have been taking place to create an improved visitor experience and the possibility of a branded ‘Tourism Itinerary’ for the area inspired largely by benchmarking field trips by the group to Kilkenny City, Roscommon and Westport. The group are also working with the County Engineer in realising the development of the ‘Five Gates of Kells’ walking experience as well as liaising with Mark Smith on itinerising the Print Works into a visitor experience long term. Meetings have also taken place with political and state body representatives on the future relationship with Trinity college and the possibility of a dual campaign for the future celebrating the story of the Book of Kells.
The group have submitted in the past 12 months a Proposal for a designated Taxi Rank for the town which would operate in a official area within the town and provide a much needed service to improve retail and social aspects of the area. Letters of Support are now being sought for this critical service and all support is welcomed. New members are welcomed and new events or visitor experiences will be gladly promoted via the Website and social Media.