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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I would recommend arriving early to avoid all the people. The drive through the Wicklow Mountains to get to Glendalough was spectacular. We stopped at the ruins of the lead mine site first and then went to the Monastic Settlement. It has that special atmosphere...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

After reading much on Ireland this was one of the locations I most wanted to see. The drive from Dublin through villages and the Wicklow mountain was beautiful, despite the heavy rain. I would highly recommend this location, and even if you don’t have much...More

Thank Marlene S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you have some extra time in Dublin the place is of historical interest requiring a pleasant ride through the countryside. There is a 15 minute video history presented in the small theatre which provides an insight into the monastic history.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's one of the oldest Christian sites in Ireland, dating from the 6th century. The setting is magical. The buildings and grounds are interesting. Just look at the photos to get a taste of the views. Worth your time.

Thank MaryC508
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I last video sited here some 20 odd years ago and a lot of work has been done to the walking trails. It’s easy to get around and of course, the views are still as beautiful. There’s a hotel where you can get lunch but...More

Thank Carolyn J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to say about Glendalough. It is an early medieval monastic community that dates back to the sixth century. It was an incredible center for learning and the Book of Glendalough was written there. Its most famous resident was St. Kevin and...More

Thank jer b
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although you get a parking charge, there is no extra cost to enter the site. The monastic settlement includes a large cemetery which is still in use. The ancient buildings are very interesting and represent an insight into the world back in the mist of...More

Thank preic
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is without a doubt one of the most idyllic places in Ireland! We were 1st here in June 1998 & longed to return, which we did on Friday, 12 May 2017. It was raining, but that did not dampen our spirits as we walked...More

Thank William B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were hete om a very wet day. But it still was a Nice place to visit. There is a visitor center were you can find the info you need. We have rented a car and drove to the site. Thalys Nice and easy to...More

Thank Sidney R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived late in the afternoon during a rainy weekday and had the place pretty much to ourselves, with only about 5 other families. Since we had read the crowds start coming in April, we were pleasantly surprised that we almost had the place to...More

Thank Leigh Ann S
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chelseasly
19 May 2018|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a carpark past site. A walk of ten minutes. From north of dublin should only take a hour max on motorway. Hope this helps
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Jennifer M
11 March 2018|
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Response from Nicole G | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The visitor centre is really for info and toilets.
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Sonnet M
11 February 2018|
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Response from LauraZ9244 | Reviewed this property |
No, roaming the grounds is for free.
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