1st-2nd Nov | Kells, Co. Meath


Guth Gafa is very proud to be hosting the second weekend of our Guth Gafa Film week in the 18th century Headfort House, just outside the historic town of Kells.

Headfort House is situated on the Headfort Estate, which formerly stretched from Kells to Virginia. The estate, which was divided up many years ago, now consists of farmland, a private woodland, a housing development, a golf course and Headfort House itself, which is currently the home of Headfort Preparatory School, a co-educational non-denominational boarding and day school for children aged between 7 and 13 years.

Completed between 1769 and 1771, and built for for the Earl of Bective, Thomas Taylour, Headfort House was designed by the renowned Irish architect, George Semple, and constructed from Ardbraccan limestone. It was designed in a severe unadorned neoclassical style with an impressive scale and position. The interior contains a magnificent suite of six state rooms designed by the influential Scottish architect Robert Adam. Headfort is the only intact Adam interior in Ireland. Recent and ongoing renovation funded by the World Monument Fund and the Headfort Trust ensures that this will be preserved for future generations.





By Air:

Dublin Airport
Around 50 minutes drive from Kells.

Belfast International Airport
Around 110 minutes drive from Kells.

Car Hire is available at both airports.


By Road:

From Dublin – 50 minutes

By Bus:

Bus Eireann – Route 109 – Dublin to Kells

There is an excellent hourly Bus Eireann service between Dublin and Kells.

Private Operators
There are a number of private operators who run regular services to Kells and Navan.

We are accessible from other areas of the country by taking Bus Eireann as far as Dublin Busáras and taking the aforementioned services onwards to Kells.




Headfort Arms Hotel

Headfort Place,



Email: olivia@headfortarms.ie

Tel: +353 46 9240063



Avalon B&B

5 Headfort Park,


Co. Meath

Email: info@avalonkells.ie

Tel: +353 (0)46 924 1536

Mob: +353 (0)87 216 0556



Smiths Accommodation Kells

John Street,


County Meath

Email: info@smiths-kells.com

Tel: +353 469 240 901



Grangeclare Paddocks

Bog Road,



Co. Meath

Email: peter@grangeclarepaddocks.com

Phone: +353 (0)46 905 5755

Mobile: +353 (0)86 202 4050


Local organisation Visiting Kells also offers a fantastic ‘Find me a bed service’. Find out more information here.



For more information on tourism in the Meath area, contact:


Kells Tourist Office

Kells Civic Offices, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath
+353 (0) 46 9248856