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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...more
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Reviewed yesterday

An hour from Dublin, through fabulous countryside, to a place steeped in history. Take a walk along the lakes, and if you're more energetic go off the beaten track through miles of woodland walks. Stunning scenery. Just look at the photos!

Thank Colm B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Glendalough Monastic Settlement was our first tour in Ireland. We enjoyed the visitors center with the filum that gave background on the settlement. We took a tour with one of the docents and gained a lot of insight into the life of the Irish...More

Thank lollygal
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is such a beautiful place, we just keep coming back, for us the best place to park, is at the lower lake, one it is free and the easiest access to the monastic village, it can get very busy, best to visit early or...More

Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 6 days ago

Parking is a mare. The lower car park was full up when we arrived and so had to create a parking spot by placing car very close to end of bridge and scraping most of the side...oops. Once you get in there it is class...More

Thank decbres
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came here with Collins Day Tours. It was our first stop, a little after 10am, stayed untill 11:30, not enough time to take the guided tour at the monastic site and walk to the second (upper) lake that was supposed to be 30' walk...More

1  Thank AthanasiaGreece
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for an hour on our way to Kilkenny and the time was not enough to see the big lake above the cemetery, as the hike would have taken 30- 40 minutes. Next time I visit Ireland I would love to go there for...More

Thank Nelly P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take time to visit the Visitors Center and view the film before walking over to the site of the monastic buildings and graveyard. The approach is lovely as we could get glimpses of the round stone tower through the threes over the babbling brook. Ths...More

Thank Beth D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked Martin for a "walk and talk" tour of Glendalough and cannot recommend him highly enough. He is a true lover of the place and can discuss its history, nature, architecture and literature. He appreciates Glendalough's spirit and we felt transformed by it because...More

Thank Destination277541
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the highlights of our trip. The monastic ruins, tower and graves are surrounded by the Wicklow mountains. It is a gorgeous area, especially in autumn. There are lakes and various walking and hiking paths around the site. It is about an hour from...More

Thank Jan H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived early and completed 13kms of walking in the autumn frost. The settlement is wonderfully preserved. The trail was well marked and not too busy. We walked through an old mining area, up through the hills and passed a waterfall. One wild deer crossed...More

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1 October 2018|
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Response from b d | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I believe so. We paid and saw the video (well worth it) and then were invited to go on the next walking tour with the group who saw the video with us, but we elected to tour on our own. Bring cash - they do not take... More
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10 August 2018|
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