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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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Beautiful Nature

.Great day trip out of town. Especially beautiful if you happened to have a sunny day.Take a day trip from any hotel youre in in Dublin

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

.Great day trip out of town. Especially beautiful if you happened to have a sunny day.Take a day trip from any hotel youre in in Dublin

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be my favourite place ever to visit. So much history and so much to see and admire. Highly recommend.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of our stay in Ireland. The Monastic City has a free entry, there is an information building with some education films you have to pay for but the walk around the ruins, the waterfall and the lake is all free. It was pretty packed with tourists but they all eventually disappeared and we had... More 

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Westminster, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short drive from Dublin takes you to the heart of medieval Ireland. It was surprisingly difficult to find, but once there, the settlement was beautiful and interesting, even in the pouring rain. Be sure to hike up to the upper lake for more spectacular views, and if it's raining out, you will see waterfalls coming down the hills.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we didn't have time to do the walks, we did venture to the Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Graveyard. The walk was easy and short, and very worth it. It's free to see the settlement, graveyard and for the walks (it is the visitor centre visit that will cost you money). The history of the settlement is quite amazing, and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could have spent hours here, it is such a beautiful, peaceful place. There were hikers starting out for climbs into the surrounding hills and I would have so enjoyed joining them.....but we had only a couple of hours here before the bus moved on. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us information as we walked the grounds.... More 

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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Ireland in September/October, 2016 and toured the country with a rental car. We drove to the Wicklow area from Dublin. Wicklow County is gorgeous! There is a carpark (free) right outside Glendalough and its a very short walk. The settlement itself is striking. Quite beautiful and peaceful. A definite must-see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked along the valley and went through the cemetery and the settlement. The history was almost as amazing as the scenary

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Albury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got there really early in the morning and got a parking spot close to the entrance. We had the place pretty much to ourselves and wandered happily around looking at the ruins and then along the board walk to the upper and lower lakes. There were more walks but we didn't have time to explore these. We took a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in Wicklow county this has been on our to visit list and it did not dissapoint. The settlement is a short walk from the carpark, it was so peaceful just to walk around the old buildings taking it all in. During the week and this time of year keeps the numbers visiting down. Whist in the area a walk... More 

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