Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • JedAfterthought
    Levin, New Zealand257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric spot for a day trip by St Kevin’s bus
    Such an atmospheric spot, even in ‘soft’ weather, for a gentle walk and some deep reflection. The monastic ‘city’ flourished around the 9th to 12th century in a picturesque valley with two lakes. A number of ruined stone buildings remain, sacked by the Vikings. Hard not to be moved as you reflect on man’s inhumanity to man.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Daniel C
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Fantastic! Views are spectacular. The history is amazing and it is well cared for. Well worth the four euros car parking. Will love to return here again. Great for history buffs, culture vultures, hikers etc.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Ray W
    Ashburn, Virginia154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing historical site
    We visited Glendalough this summer as part of a tour group. There were not many tour buses that came through other than ours, so there was not much of a crowd. The settlement buildings and cemetery were interesting and the surrounding grounds allowed us to walk over to the nearby lake in a peaceful setting. We enjoyed our time in Glendalough and would recommend the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Heather220_1
    Belfast, United Kingdom366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special place
    There are several walks or hikes around the 2 lakes & the Monastic city is completely free of charge to wander around. If you’re lucky & can make it there in good weather without too many crowds then you realise how special this place is! So serene & mystical. There are proper hikers but also families with 3 generations & buggies so walks for everyone to enjoy. We did the loop of the 2 lakes to the Miners Village stopping along the way to admire the views & take photos followed by a cuppa at the The Glendalough Hotel & it took 2.5 hours.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Renata2016
    Lisbon, Portugal9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ireland never disappoints. 6th century ruins related to st Kevin
    The place in itself is Magic. The ruins are well kept so that visitors can understand what happened throughout the centuries to this magical place. There’s no need for a guide as the place has a self guided tour that can be bought for 5 eur and it is worth every cent. The day of our visit was not one of the best as the Irish weather did not disappoint and it was pouring rain, but it didn’t stop us from spending the required time to learn and breath the history of this place. Ireland simply does not disappoint, I say. When countries and kingdoms were fighting all over Europe, Ireland was already an inspiration for some people, including St Kevin!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Beti-Blodyn
    818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight of any trip to Ireland
    Atmospheric and peaceful are the two words I'd use to sum up this special place. So much history lies in these remains! The views were absolutely spectacular across the mountains, and we were told the stories of St Kevin and his life establishing the site by our fabulous step-on coach guide. There were a few other coach loads like us, and families too out and enjoying the dry spell in Ireland right now. You'll need steady legs if you want to explore the site or get up to the church remains or the Round Tower, as there's a small slope up into the graveyard and some very uneven ground (some of the rocks are grave markers, from families who couldn't afford headstones). Thankfully our visit had dry weather which helped but I imagine it could get quite treacherous in the rain! There's still a lot of beautiful sights if you stay on the 'lower floor' though, including a Crafts shop, a few places to grab a bite to eat or a hot drink, and some wide walking paths with great views of the mountains. There's also a 'Heaven or Hell' test you can carry out - just see if you can wrap your arms fully around the Cross from behind (no surprises where I'm going...) If you're staying near the area, it's worth a visit. If I were travelling alone on this occasion I'd have assumed it'd be difficult to get to, but I've since found that there are shuttle buses which you can catch from Dublin city centre (or you could take a combo of train and taxi) which certainly helps with tourist accessibility. The official Glendalough site is very useful too. I'd love to return one day to walk one of the trails, I imagine it'd be a lovely experience. Would recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 April 2024
  • Escape61383551205
    Birmingham, Alabama67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene
    This historic site is well preserved and lovingly cared for by the competent and friendly OPW staff. You will be charged to park regardless of your plans. You can look at the monastic site, hike and enjoy a meal or treats at the hotel on the premises. We spent a lovely morning there.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2024
  • Barry M
    Memphis, Tennessee407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hugh the tombstone of St. Kevin
    Free with the exception of parking. Great for people of all ages. The Monastic Heritage Center has a small museum and short (15-min) video on the monastic order in Ireland. In addition to the monastic settlement there is plenty of open spaces for family fun and picnics. There are two large lakes and many miles of walking trails in the Wicklow Mountains. There are souvenir vendors, food trucks, a hotel, etc. there for your needs. We spent 6-hrs there. The drive from Hollywood is a little tense but well worth the effort.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2024
  • LeawoodCouple
    Leawood, Kansas278 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Monastic Settlement Near Dublin.
    Our tour visited the ruins of this monastic settlement, some of which dates to the 12 Century. It is about an hours drive from Dublin in County Wicklow. Apparently the original settlement was established in the 6th Century although nothing remains from this period. There are nice paths through the area with much of the focus on the bell/watch tower - quite impressive. There is a peaceful quality to the place because of the beautiful valley setting and two lakes. We liked the visitor center which provided good background and had extensive models of what the settlement looked like. The day we toured there were several food trucks offering coffee, ice cream and light snacks. We felt it was worth a half day excursion from Dublin.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2024
  • denischristopherd
    Dublin, Ireland209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little piece of Heaven
    Beautiful monastic 17th century city and lakes, woodlands ,waterfall . It really has everything, a little piece of heaven in Wicklow. No matter the season this is really worth the journey. So many beautiful walks for every level of walker.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2024
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denischristopherd
Dublin, Ireland209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
Beautiful monastic 17th century city and lakes, woodlands ,waterfall . It really has everything, a little piece of heaven in Wicklow. No matter the season this is really worth the journey. So many beautiful walks for every level of walker.
Written 24 June 2024
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LeawoodCouple
Leawood, KS278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our tour visited the ruins of this monastic settlement, some of which dates to the 12 Century. It is about an hours drive from Dublin in County Wicklow. Apparently the original settlement was established in the 6th Century although nothing remains from this period. There are nice paths through the area with much of the focus on the bell/watch tower - quite impressive. There is a peaceful quality to the place because of the beautiful valley setting and two lakes. We liked the visitor center which provided good background and had extensive models of what the settlement looked like. The day we toured there were several food trucks offering coffee, ice cream and light snacks. We felt it was worth a half day excursion from Dublin.
Written 25 May 2024
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Brian & Ann Weaver
Atlanta, GA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery and peacefull atmosphere. We strolled the grounds of the monastery before walking up to Poulanass Waterfall. Additional hiking available for the more adventerous. Arrive early before the tourists for the best experience.
Written 12 May 2024
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Barry M
Memphis, TN407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Free with the exception of parking. Great for people of all ages. The Monastic Heritage Center has a small museum and short (15-min) video on the monastic order in Ireland.
In addition to the monastic settlement there is plenty of open spaces for family fun and picnics. There are two large lakes and many miles of walking trails in the Wicklow Mountains. There are souvenir vendors, food trucks, a hotel, etc. there for your needs. We spent 6-hrs there. The drive from Hollywood is a little tense but well worth the effort.
Written 10 May 2024
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Escape61383551205
Birmingham, AL67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This historic site is well preserved and lovingly cared for by the competent and friendly OPW staff. You will be charged to park regardless of your plans. You can look at the monastic site, hike and enjoy a meal or treats at the hotel on the premises. We spent a lovely morning there.
Written 7 May 2024
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Jennifer H
Columbus, OH642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very scenic and enjoyable. We didn’t walk any of the trails or go to the lakes due to time, but the monastic site was interesting and beautiful. The round tower makes for great photos.
Written 4 May 2024
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DT66
Little Sutton, UK388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Spent a Sunday afternoon with the family walking in this area. Very busy but still felt we had plenty of space. Graveyard was very interesting. Food outlets excellent. Will definitely return.
Written 29 April 2024
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Beti-Blodyn
818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Atmospheric and peaceful are the two words I'd use to sum up this special place. So much history lies in these remains! The views were absolutely spectacular across the mountains, and we were told the stories of St Kevin and his life establishing the site by our fabulous step-on coach guide. There were a few other coach loads like us, and families too out and enjoying the dry spell in Ireland right now.

You'll need steady legs if you want to explore the site or get up to the church remains or the Round Tower, as there's a small slope up into the graveyard and some very uneven ground (some of the rocks are grave markers, from families who couldn't afford headstones). Thankfully our visit had dry weather which helped but I imagine it could get quite treacherous in the rain! There's still a lot of beautiful sights if you stay on the 'lower floor' though, including a Crafts shop, a few places to grab a bite to eat or a hot drink, and some wide walking paths with great views of the mountains.

There's also a 'Heaven or Hell' test you can carry out - just see if you can wrap your arms fully around the Cross from behind (no surprises where I'm going...)

If you're staying near the area, it's worth a visit. If I were travelling alone on this occasion I'd have assumed it'd be difficult to get to, but I've since found that there are shuttle buses which you can catch from Dublin city centre (or you could take a combo of train and taxi) which certainly helps with tourist accessibility. The official Glendalough site is very useful too. I'd love to return one day to walk one of the trails, I imagine it'd be a lovely experience.

Would recommend.
Written 24 April 2024
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Rhiaann07
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Get ready for a lot of walking but lots of lovely photos. Coffee van, burgers and ice cream vans are located by the second lake
Written 20 April 2024
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Renata2016
Lisbon, Portugal9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The place in itself is
Magic.
The ruins are well kept so that visitors can understand what happened throughout the centuries to this magical place. There’s no need for a guide as the place has a self guided tour that can be bought for 5 eur and it is worth every cent.

The day of our visit was not one of the best as the Irish weather did not disappoint and it was pouring rain, but it didn’t stop us from spending the required time to learn and breath the history of this place.

Ireland simply does not disappoint, I say. When countries and kingdoms were fighting all over Europe, Ireland was already an inspiration for some people, including St Kevin!
Written 18 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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