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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

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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
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Took a day tour here. Spent anout 2 and a half hours here. Went around the graveyard. Saw interesting crosses and a church, several ruins, snd a high round tower. Then took a walk around the two lakes. Just beautiful! So peaceful. I wish I...More

Thank travelsnearandfar
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were recommended visiting Glendalough by a colleague, and we are glad we made time for a visit here, even though our schedule was pretty tight. We drove in from the south-west (coming from Hollywood), and the scenery along the way through the mountains was...More

Thank Laufam_travellers
Reviewed 3 days ago

A 6th century monastery founded by a monk named Kevin. The site is just off the road through the Wicklow Mountains drive south of Dublin. Well worth a visit even if for a short visit. As with many major sites, try to arrive earlier or...More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great place to visit a see a piece of Irish history that is often overlooked. The condition of the buildings after all these years helps to present a great picture of what life was like at this monastic settlement.

Thank Bernie O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting monastic site to see the remnants of churches, grave sites.if Had more time I would have walked around the lake and walking trails. Need at least an hour.

Thank ge0teach84
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We made a visit to glendalough during a trip to powerscourt. The area is stunning and we would have stayed longer and did some of the longer walks only the weather (of course it's Ireland) wasn't the best and we weren't dressed for it. It's...More

1  Thank Helen M
Reviewed 5 days ago

I reviewed the tour company that took us to the monastic site but need to review the site as well . Established in the 6th century by St Kevin and under attack multi times by the Vikings it is amazing anything is left . Between...More

1  Thank MassZiggy
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Monastic Settlement is a wonderful place to visit, with lots of history, and it is a wonderful place to walk around and take photos. You can walk the trails and visit the monastic site free of charge. That is not obvious when you park...More

Thank Life-travelers
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While the buildings are in ruins, they still hold so much beauty and history. We had a guide that took us on a short tour, which was informative.

1  Thank Courtross111
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ireland has so much history compared to our homeland of New Zealand. This is another important piece of Ireland's fabulous history.

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Dave W
Is it baby-buggy friendly?
20 October 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
What hours is the visitor center open? (November)
5 September 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!
how far away is it from dublin
13 June 2016|
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Response from emp_ireDubllin | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Glendalough is approx 1 hour away from Dublin or 51.7km. You can hire a car and drive or get a bus or coach trip (which run frequently) Enjoy!