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

Although a bit of a trek from dublin on windy roads, this location is nestled in the Wicklow mountains surrounded by great walks and a fantastic view if the lakes. On a good day kids can paddle in the water

Thank DinkyIRL
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place took my breath away. There's something about the old Celtic tombstones combined with the backdrop of the mountains that is simply stunning. I would highly recommend stopping by this location. It is rich in history and natural wonder!

Thank kseebe00
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was expecting some basic ruins and that was all. I was surprised at the size of this place how many hiking trails existed. True you can probably see all the ruins of the settlement in about an hour, but if you want to hike,...More

Thank RC30319
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Glendalough is a very special place.The scenery and round tower and church that you back to times long past.A very peaceful place even with all the tourists milling around.A must for anyone to see as a local or tourist.

Thank Noel M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is the setting for the great John Boorman's film Excalibur - and for good reason. This is a must see lakeside and forest walk in Wicklow - the heart of Ireland. It has good facilities and an education centre with maps and well marked...More

Thank MariC66
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The 2 lakes are lovely and easy to walk to. Around them some more (hill) walks are set out, but we didn't do them. It was very busy, but you only notice while parking your car (5 Euros). Area is that large that so many...More

Thank Lud0M0
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Despite the crowds (we were there on a Sunday) the place is (still) amazing. Loved the ruins and the story behind, loved even more the walk to the upper lake through this fairytale forest. A must visit, but try to avoid the (summer) weekends, apparently...More

Thank Orly102
Reviewed 6 days ago

I went with my class. I really loved the place. The air was so pure !! The lake is just amazing and the waterfalls a must see!

Thank Ninanzivoire
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Doubtless we made a poor choice going on a peak summer weekend, but the place was overrun with overseas school trips of bored, noisy teenagers. It's not their fault, and perhaps not anyone's fault, but far from a nice day out as a result. Two...More

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Words do very little justice to the beauty that is Glendalough. Firstly, if you're driving, be aware that the 'official' car park will fill up extremely quickly on a nice day. We parked in one of the 'unofficial' car parks i.e. a supervised field, for...More

Thank 932NB
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Dave W
20 October 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
5 September 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!
13 June 2016|
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Response from emp_ireDubllin | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Glendalough is approx 1 hour away from Dublin or 51.7km. You can hire a car and drive or get a bus or coach trip (which run frequently) Enjoy!