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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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“round tower” (141 reviews)
“upper lake” (193 reviews)
“visitor center” (88 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Visitor Centre, Ireland
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"ancient ruins"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a beautiful family day in Glendalough, adults, children and grandparents. It was quite busy and took a while to get parking but after that was fantastic time for all. We walked down to the lakes and had a picnic on one of the...More

Thank evely016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove from Kildare and as we started winding up the mountain roads we felt it was necessary to pull over and gaze at the beautiful landscapes. It kept getting better all day. I had great expectations but they were exceeded. The Monastic Settlement alone...More

Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for a short walk around upper lake. Was beautiful. This area of Ireland is even more grand. Roads are twisty and narrow but well worth it.

Thank Clifford K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even today this is a quiet and peaceful place. Absolutely beautiful with lakes and hills, and the old ruins of the church and monastery plus cemetery are amazing. There is a car park, cafes, a little shopping district, and visitor center with toilets. Stunning scenery.

Thank therese l
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived late in day and spent 1h walking around. The site felt like a step back in time through ecclesiastical ruins of buildings and cemeteries. I love visiting ruins, and this was a good one. Note that the drive in and out is on narrow...More

Thank dartemis13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a great sunny day in Glendalough. Just some issues about parking, because was a busy day and they don't accept card only cash. The place gives you a great peace, you can walk easy around and enjoy the views. You will need to...More

Thank Claudia O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place, beautifully set in the Irish countryside. Stunning views, amazing waterfalls, serene cemetery, ancient churchyard. Free to get in!

Thank G6256XEgaryj
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plan to spend the day here if you love history and the outdoors. Simply seeing the monastic site is not enough! At least hike to the upper lake (30 min roundtrip if you're a fast walker) and further if you can. The monastic site is...More

Thank gmann5092
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am so glad we made the journey out here - it was well worth the visit. The history here is amazing - if you are in the area - don't miss this amazing place.

Thank Robert F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here with family. Really nice and picturesque place. Apparently lots of people love this place.

Thank ona_mo
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suejeanne1
17 June 2018|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not sure. I would assume there is a bus service. Google irish bus services. I live in Northern Ireland and drove to site. Hope this helps.
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frothychocy
6 June 2018|
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Response from Éimear O | Reviewed this property |
Dogs on a lead only - never off the lead, as the farmers have sheep throughout the area.
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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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