This website refers to the 2016 festival.
For Hinterland Festival 2017, please go to Hinterland Festival, Kells

Getting to Hay Festival Kells

Buses to Hay Festival Kells


From Dublin: Bus Aras, Route No. 109. Generally every 30 minutes until 7.30pm and every 60 minutes thereafter until 11pm.

From Dublin Airport: Route No. 109A. Generally every 60 minutes at 20 past the hour; last bus at 11.20pm. Allow 90 minutes’ travel time.

See for detailed timetables.

Travelling by taxi to Hay Festival Kells

By road

Take the M3. Exit at Junction 10 for Kells. Allow 60 minutes' travel time from Dublin.

Accommodation in Kells


For listings of Fáilte Ireland Approved Accommodation in and around Kells, please visit or

Visiting Kells

More info

Visit for more info on taxis, accommodation, eating & drinking in Kells.

Part of Ireland's Ancient East, Failte Ireland's newest initiative, Kells is an ancient market town in County Meath, 40 miles north of Dublin and renowned worldwide as the birthplace of the Book of Kells. Almost a thousand years later, the town remains a vibrant community with a lively events programme. Located in the beautiful Boyne Valley among the turns of the Blackwater River, Kells is neighboured by a UNESCO World Heritage site, Headfort House, and the unique Spire of Lloyd, a mysterious inland lighthouse built in the late 18th century by the 1st Earl of Bective. As well as the town's rich Monastic legacy, Kells boasts an exciting arts and crafts scene, with many artists working and exhibiting in the local area.