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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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“upper lake” (185 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This monastic site seems to be in the middle of nowhere. Mountains surround it and beautiful lush countryside. We had a guided tour which helped understand what the purpose and use of the land was. Otherwise I think it would not have been as interesting.

Thank Elsie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came down here from Dublin in May and it was a beautiful drive and the monastic ruins were neat to see. It was busy at the time and I'm sure it gets quite crowded later in the day, but it was worth the visit...More

Thank dd158723
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here as part of our walk to the old miner's village. It was ruins but a peaceful setting with a lovely view. Worth the stop if you are interested in walking around the area,

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove down from Dublin on a frosty December morning. The first parking lot was free parking, not sure if that is the usual procedure, but do bring some exact change just in case. The frost was on the ground all day, and it being...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here on a Sunday afternoon (as we were staying in nearby Arklow) in early December and although it was really busy and the car park was packed, we managed to get a space. We spent about an hour and a half here but could...More

1  Thank Ciara19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I have visitors, I often take them to Glendalough to walk around the well preserved ruins of the monastic settlement and take a walk up to the lake, which is an easy and picturesque walk among the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. It is also easy...More

Thank Marla7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just an hour's drive from central Dublin we arrived on an early Friday afternoon on a very cold day. There were 7 of us in our family group and it was enjoyed by all despite the cold. Upon arrival there was plenty of parking in...More

Thank Nicole G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I were doing a road trip out of Dublin and were recommended this location. The Monastic ruins are great - especially for those interested in the history. It is worth leaving time to do some of the hiking trails / walks. We...More

1  Thank travel_bug_of_Perth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ruins of the later Monastic settlement. The Round tower constructed in the late X century. The roofless Cathedral, well preserved. You can take a tour, or just walk by.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't been in Glendalough for a while so took the opportunity to drop by for a walk as we were in Arklow for the weekend. The walks are well later out. We took the easier lower walk from upper car park past the monastic settlement...More

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28 July 2017|
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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!
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!