FAQs

When Is Hinterland On?

Hinterland takes place on the last full weekend in June each year. Hinterland Festival 2022 runs from 23-26 June.

Where Is The Festival?

Hinterland Festival takes place in the beautiful monastic town of Kells, in Co. Meath.

How Do We Get To The Festival?

By Road – from Dublin, take the M3. Exit at Junction 10 for Kells. Allow 60 minutes’ travel time from Dublin.

By Bus – 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 www.buseireann.ie for detailed timetables.
The Festival venues are in various locations around the town, apart from some out-of-town events which will be noted in the programme.

Please Note: There is no train line to Kells.

Where Can We Park?

Paid Parking is in operation between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00 hours Monday to Saturday 90c (maximum) = 120 minutes More information on parking is available here.
Some free parking is available at Eureka House, and on Jim Brunnock Road A82 X571
If you have special needs and require assistance, please contact us and we will endeavour to make arrangements to make your visit as easy as possible.

How Is The Festival Ticketed?

All events are ticketed unless otherwise noted. Our events run throughout the day, and there are often three or four choices across each time slot. With each event lasting for approximately an hour, our time slots are designed with enough time so that you can get from one event to another (with exception of the events which are out of town, which may take a little longer to get to).

Children's Events

On Saturday and Sunday we have a number of events for children and families and are included in the main listings. Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied to all events and workshops by an adult.

What Is The Distance Between Venues?

Our venues are almost all in Kells town and are a 5-10 minute walk apart.

How Long Are The Events?

Most events last around 1 hour and are followed by book signings. Please allow extra time between events for off-site venues and check individual listings for non-standard event durations.

How Does The Seating Work?

Seating is not pre-allocated. Our stewards at each venue will be on hand to help you.
Front-row seating is reserved for Festival Friends & Patrons. Please arrive early to avail of the best seats!

Where Do We Stay?

Accommodation providers in Kells town:

You can also find accommodation information and other tourist information on:

Is There A Latecomers Policy?

Every effort is made to ensure that events start on time. Doors open 5–15 minutes before the start time. It may not be possible to admit latecomers to all events; however, stewards will try to find a suitable break in the performance.

Is There A Cash Machine In Kells?

There are a number of ATM machines in shops around Kells, and also at the Bank of Ireland and AIB Banks on John Street.

How Are The Writers & Participants Chosen?

We invite the writers, artists, academics, historians, thinkers and performers we most admire. We try to bring the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices to our audiences. We talk to publishers, writers and a huge range of advisors – including many festival-goers themselves. If you have any ideas to share, please send them to info@hinterland.ie from where they will be passed onto our programming committee.

How Can I Support The Festival?

Hinterland is run largely on a voluntary effort, and through the generous support of Friends and Patrons, as well as our wonderful local business community. It is a mammoth task to stage the festival each year, so any support you can give is will be most gratefully received.
Find out more about becoming a friend of the festival.

What Are The Dates For Hinterland Festival 2023?

Hinterland Festival 2023 will take place 22 - 25 June.

Please Note

No smoking or vaping in the festival venues.

Our Recording Policy

Audio recorders, cameras and mobile phones may not be used in the performance venues.
Visitors to Hinterland Festival may be filmed and/or photographed for future promotions of the Festival.