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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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If you want to see something "half old" you go to the museum. If you want something really old this is the place. The walk to the two lakes around the corner is worth it. Beware... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to see something "half old" you go to the museum. If you want something really old this is the place. The walk to the two lakes around the corner is worth it. Beware of the tracks going uphill - you easily get lost here (our tour guide almost didn't made it back).

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Oh, my goodness...THIS place WAS the stuff of my dreams since before ever visiting Ireland; AND remains to be so very special in my heart, mind, and soul SINCE getting to tour about on foot. Be SURE to wear comfy & waterproof footwear ~ remember that this is IRELAND ~ home of "Saints & Scholars" AND it IS an island... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The monastic settlement is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by a river and the Wicklow mountains. We loved the history and the monastic ruins, and also enjoyed a vigorous walk to the lake and back. Even on a day with temperatures near freezing, the place was full of other visitors enjoying themselves. If you are nearby or planning a trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there to see the monastic ruins and wasn't disappointed! It's in places like this you can feel history all around you. The ruins are a wonder to see, and so are the irregular tombstones all around. Would have been delightfully creepy if it wasn't for the great amount of children and dogs running around. The landscape is also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been trying to visit here for years. Well worth the wait! Go here. So much history. They have done a lot of work around the site and it is quite exceptional. So much to see and do and the walks were re4ally lovely.I was so glad we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a notion to visit here last week and were not disappointed. Was very busy. Parked at the hotel and took the broadway walk along to the upper lake. Had tea at the lake and continued to the water fall. Lovely area for all. Will return and maybe stay over.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling from Cork to the south we came upon St. Kevin's monastery and took a walk through the trails. Unfortunately, the visitor center was closed as it was Christmas day but we really enjoyed seeing the remains of the settlement and, tombstones and rows of Celtic crosses. Would be lovely for a day of hiking

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is not only gorgeous (and worth seeing), but it is quite historical. It was one of the key highlights of my trip to Ireland.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is just absolutely breathtaking. We were amazed and enthralled at the dates on the tombstones and the general wonder if this encounter. A must see in anyone's list!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a chance you have to go! This settlement is incredible - the history just takes your breath away and truly captures the heart of Ireland. It's nestled in the beautiful Wicklow mountains. There are restaurants and little cafes, gift shops, etc. The ruins along with all of the graves just make for a very moving experience. Go... More 

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