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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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Ancient monastic ruins set against the beautiful Wicklow Mountains

It was a beautiful spot in a beautiful country, but my partner and I were close to comatose, dead men walking when we finally arrived in Ireland. We had the brazen notion of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seem this was an ancient retreat for the religious orders a long time ago. Great place to learn about Saint Bridget, Celtic Crosses and the like. The ruins are just that...ruins. The walk to the "lake" is a gentle hike..the lake is a quaint small pond however. There is really good Irish whiskey sold on site at the gift store!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a beautiful spot in a beautiful country, but my partner and I were close to comatose, dead men walking when we finally arrived in Ireland. We had the brazen notion of taking an overnight flight to Dublin, picking up our rental car, and then driving over two hours on winding country roads through County Wicklow in order to... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Glendalough yesterday. The car park was full but there was loads of room to park on the road, safely. We strolled around.. It was busy with tourists, friends , couples and families. We took the boardwalk walk (1.6km) and spotted at least 100 frogs floating around in the stream alongside. We grabbed some coffes before returning back via... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in a beautiful area it is very picturesque. There is a boardwalk around the lake which makes it easier to access. It does however get really busy so best to go early or you may have trouble parking. However it's only about 40 minutes out of Dublin so worth the drive through stunning scenery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

What a truly stunning and spiritual place! Easy to find. Lots of parking. Nice easy walk and a tangible sense of history. Some of the finest Celtic crosses are to be found here. Glendalough is always mentioned in guide books so don't miss out on the opportunity to go there. It's fantastic

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I'm so glad that we visited here… Our nine-year-old did not want to walk as much as I did, so that was unfortunate for me, but I could see spending many more hours here that we did! As it was, we were only here for about an hour but I'm so glad that we got out of Dublin to go.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I'll always be grateful to the friends who took us to visit the Valley of Glendalough, in Wicklow County. After parking the car, we walked through a nice grove until arriving at Monastic City and the lake. The landscape changes and one beauty is replaced by another. A must see in Ireland.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing place located 1:30 hour from Dublin. You can get there by bus (way back from St Stephen's Green : 20€). To do, without any doubt. Different paths around the two lakes and within the forest. Accessible to different types of hikers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

More of a curiosity stop for me with some great photogenic opportunities, pretty area, very old historic head stones, shame they are crumbling away though. Definitely worth a look particulary if you have family history in this area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Although it was raining all the time when we were walking but still it is one of the best natural places I have visited.

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