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Address: Visitor Centre, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 404 45325
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two...

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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A highlight of my trip--just walking around and feeling the atmosphere of the place--breath-taking!

One of my favorite places in Ireland. It was foggy and rainy but that didn't seem to matter--it was a beautiful place and you can see why it was chosen so long ago. Take a few... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Carrie C
Gainesville, Florida, United States
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite places in Ireland. It was foggy and rainy but that didn't seem to matter--it was a beautiful place and you can see why it was chosen so long ago. Take a few hours here to walk around, follow the trails and enjoy the nature.

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

GlendaLough still holds the basic quite unpoluted beauty that drew St Kevin there all those years ago. It's perfect for a family walk, an extreme uphill climb, an educational trip on Irish history, or most powerfully a glimpse of basic Christianity and the simplicity of the beauty of this country. What a place! Photo of Lough Te which is close... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glendalough is a national treasure, located in the wicklow mountains the valley draws you in with its lush green sides. what lies within is a beautiful historical settlement where Monks lived in years gone by. Make sure to take the walk to the upper lake to get the breath taking view of the valley. If you are hiking inclined maybe... More 

Thank Neil O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The heart of Ireland, a lesson of Irish history. While there, if only just for a short stop-over, do not miss the hike around the lakes! The Visitor's centre is proper and informative, coffee and cakes available in a couple of spots.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This was one of those 'special places'. The short walk from the carpark led us to the settlement and there was plenty to see. The round tower was particularly interesting but there were quite a number of other structures and headstones to wander among. This place has plenty of atmosphere, especially on a grey day. You don't need to pay... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

.Great day trip out of town. Especially beautiful if you happened to have a sunny day.Take a day trip from any hotel youre in in Dublin

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This was one of the highlights of our stay in Ireland. The Monastic City has a free entry, there is an information building with some education films you have to pay for but the walk around the ruins, the waterfall and the lake is all free. It was pretty packed with tourists but they all eventually disappeared and we had... More 

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Westminster, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

A short drive from Dublin takes you to the heart of medieval Ireland. It was surprisingly difficult to find, but once there, the settlement was beautiful and interesting, even in the pouring rain. Be sure to hike up to the upper lake for more spectacular views, and if it's raining out, you will see waterfalls coming down the hills.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

While we didn't have time to do the walks, we did venture to the Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Graveyard. The walk was easy and short, and very worth it. It's free to see the settlement, graveyard and for the walks (it is the visitor centre visit that will cost you money). The history of the settlement is quite amazing, and... More 

Thank Angelina M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I could have spent hours here, it is such a beautiful, peaceful place. There were hikers starting out for climbs into the surrounding hills and I would have so enjoyed joining them.....but we had only a couple of hours here before the bus moved on. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us information as we walked the grounds.... More 

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