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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Visitor Centre, Ireland
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This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed yesterday

A quick stop to see the 6 storey Roundtower which was in pretty good condition considering its nearly 1000yrs old. Was hard to imagine what life must have been like back then, set amongst the Wicklow mountains, it was a little eerie. There is a...More

Thank sterwuv
Reviewed yesterday

I traveled to Glendalough by myself and spent a few hours walking the monastic settlement and walking some of a trail. Parking was extremely easy. The location is idyllic and looks like something right out of a story book. I would highly recommend this for...More

Thank shobs87
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Glendalough brings everything that is ancient and beautiful about Ireland together in one place. If you are a fan of the outdoors there is a multitude of hiking routes to challenge you with spectacular scenery along the way. This is where the Irish go to...More

Thank JamesMcAlister72
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were on our last leg of our Ireland self-drive tour, making our way from Kilkenny to Dublin. It was a toss-up between Glendalough and Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, and regretfully we had to leave Powerscourt for another (hopefully sooner than later!) Ireland trip. It...More

Thank travelbugPJ
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We regularly go there for walks around the upper and lower lakes. There is also a nice hike (the spinc) which is one of my favourite hikes in wicklow. This is a loop up around the top of mountains with great views the whole way...More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were a bit limited with our time in Ireland, so I wasn't sure whether I wanted to include Glendalough to our itinerary. I am SO glad my husband insisted. This place was beautiful! Kind of magical. All that history... the remains of the monastic...More

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a true beauty. The grounds were lovely. If we had more time we surely would have wanted to take the walks down to the lakes. We were on a tour so we walked with our guide and learned so much. Maybe we went...More

Thank Norma M
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a nice stop going south outside of Dublin. The upper lake is just beautiful and there were even some swimmers. This is a very tranquil site.

Thank MsSKD
Reviewed 5 days ago

Recommend the museum and video inside to get an idea of the site and history. I was really looking forward to this site but between the multitude of tour buses I could not. I would rate this 4 (or5?) stars for the site but the...More

Thank beachgirl9211
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's been over 30 years since I last visited and its even more beautiful than I remember. Parking is free. Allow enough time to walk through the monastic settlement and then take a walk to the lake. There is a small lake you come across...More

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27 July 2017|
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Response from ActRegular_traveller | Reviewed this property |
The monastic site isn't wheelchair friendly. There are some paths in the parkland and down at the lough that may be suitable.
Dave W
19 October 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
4 September 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!