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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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“round tower” (137 reviews)
“upper lake” (190 reviews)
“visitor center” (86 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Visitor Centre, Ireland
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+353 404 45325
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

I am A native of Ireland but this is my first time visiting this location. Shame on me. Very beautiful setting and great amenity for both tourists and locals alike. Offers an opportunity to get up close with a national treasure dating back to the...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We drove down here with our 5 year old and did a nature walk with him got some lovely pictures as well as the most amazing burger and chips half way through the walk. It was a bit chilly but we were dressed well which...More

Thank Tazz B
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

This is a great place to walk on a wet day. There's a paved path to both lakes. We enjoyed exploring the old monastery ruins.

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Reviewed 7 April 2017

This is an extremely picturesque old settlement nestled in the Wicklow mountains. The husband and I spent two (2) hours here, but would have spent much longer if the weather hadn't been quite so damp and cool. The main attractions are the Church, Round Tower,...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

We visited as part of a bus tour with CollinsDayTours. Our tour guide, Philip. was very knowledgeable. Without his verbal explanations as to the settlement, I would not have the same level of understanding as to what I was seeing. I encourage the powers-to-be to...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We opted to not go into the visit center and just went into the grounds. We also opted to not take a tour and explored on our own. Other reviews we read made it seem like Glendalough was really big and would take a few...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Growing up, we often visited grave yards to visit family. What a delight to learn that this trip to Ireland included this stop which had many graves, Celtic crosses, ruins from a monastery, an abundance of stories and peaceful views. Our guide, Emma was knowledgable,...More

Thank BertieBro
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I really love the place... worth a few days stay too. Monastic ruins (unfortunately) amidst beautiful lakes, flora & fauna

Thank Jogoh
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Beautiful and well worth a visit- Especially on a summers day. Great to explore around the park, go to St. Kevins Church and spot wildlife like mountain goats and deer.

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This place has to be on your list if you visit Ireland. The scenery the setting and the remote location of this place is just so romantic. This Upper lake is absolutely beautiful. It was so peaceful, quiet and again very romantic.

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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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katiem456236
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Response from JamesMcAlister72 | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge, sorry. That doesn't mean there are none, I am just not in need of one. The visitor centre number is +353 (0) 404 45325. Have a great visit!
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