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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are looking for peace, tranquility, and the essence of ancient Irish spirituality, then Glendalough in County Wicklow should be top of your list. There's the famous round tower, several ancient churches, St Kevin's bed, two lakes, mountain views, green walkways, a boardwalk across...More

Thank Éimear O
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Reviewed yesterday

After arriving at the visitor center, we took the short walk to the ruins. Incredible how well preserved it is. Over a thousand years of Ireland's weather and it's still relatively intact. Go to the visitor center and watch the video too. So much to...More

Thank khub79
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were hoping to have a quick look at the ruins followed by morning tea. We did manage to do this but not without getting a bit frustrated first. Firstly we were told that they didn’t have a cafe but that we could walk to...More

Thank MarjofromBrissie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This site is amazing, due to its age and the history that is attached to it. I am especially aware of how amazing it is, when I have friends or family from abroad visiting, and I see their reactions to it. Worth the visit, as...More

Thank Emily G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived this morning after a very long drive. Very wet and misty but what scenery you could see was a stunning beautiful place. The group gathered approx 25 to climb the valley next to glendaloough. Beautiful through the rain and mist. Good carparking and small...More

Thank Paul J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Glendalough on numerous occasions and always find it enjoyable. My most recent visit was on one of the first days of spring with our 9 year old son. We made use of some of the signed walks and enjoyed the fantastic views...More

Thank LilacGerber
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited a couple of weeks ago. The roads were clear but there was still quite a lot of snow on the ground around these amazing old buildings. It was fascinating to think about the people who lives here almost a thousand years ago. The...More

Thank Croxy54
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited in the pouring rain last time, we said we must return. This time in sunny weather it was stunningly beautiful. The walk to the upper lake (about 20 min) is well worth it. Is a popular attraction, so getting there early is advisable....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We planned to stop here on our way from Dublin to Kilkenny and realized quickly that this place was special and deserving of much more time than we had expected. We parked at the visitor center for free and realized that even in March the...More

Thank MrsScooby1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fantastic day trip that takes you through Lough Tay to one of the original early medieval monastic settlements. St. Kevin was particularly important for the community of Glendalough, and if you've visited monastic sites elsewhere in Europe you'll see why and how...More

Thank ProfT
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Jennifer M
11 March 2018|
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Response from Tracy S | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, unless the car park is closed.
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Sonnet M
10 February 2018|
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Response from LauraZ9244 | Reviewed this property |
No, roaming the grounds is for free.
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Ellen O
13 January 2018|
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Response from Kevin R | Reviewed this property |
Hi 3 hour’s there is enough to take in the most part and not be rushed. Please be aware that it is about an hour’s drive out of Dublin though. It was a very interesting park with lots to enjoy.
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