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Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Kilkenny and Wicklow Day Tour from Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

History and monuments set in a very scenic location. Should be on everyone's to do list out of Dublin.

Try to go up by road across Sally Gap - simply beautiful drive.

Your visit to the site and valley commences at the Visitor Centre. There is an informative information did play here to visit at a modest price - covered by the Heritage Card if you have one.

I would recommend doing a walk to take in the lakes and views before visiting the monastic site on the return leg. Walk vary from the short over a few km to all day if you head back beyond the lakes. You can walk up one side of the lower lake and return the other although we found the boardwalk on the north side far less enjoyable.

The monastic sight itself is of interest and also provides for some great photo opportunities.

If the sun is shining as it was for us, an enjoyable place to visit. Probably quite stunning in the wet too, and the crowds will be smaller.

It is popular do there will be people aplenty. We went on a Friday; weekends might not be quite do pleasant.

Thank bobjanh
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Its the remains of a monastic village and cemetery. The lakes are literally 14 km away so be prepared to walk. Its a long drive from Dublin!

Thank KomalSolomon
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The settlement is an easy drive from Dublin. There is plenty of parking available on site. There is a small visitors center where you can pay to watch a video, but the walk to the settlement is actually free of charge. There are bathrooms available there as well. The walk is not too bad from the visitors center to the monastic settlement and is definitely worth the trip. The views and buildings are lovely though it can get crowded with bus loads of tourists. They also have additional walks you can take and I recommend at least going to the lake, more amazing views. Maybe consider packing a picnic, would be a perfect setting.

Thank Troualy
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is a place of exceptional natural and historic beauty! I was taken away by how the upper lake is connected both by a forest pathway and by a boardwalk by the roadway! Everything is so well maintained. The round tower is exactly as I imagined it would be, having learned about it over 20years ago in school! Dress appropriate to the weather is what I recommend!! Parking was €2 for the whole day, which is super and the round tower and all the historical structures are free to see!! Suitable for all ages and abilities. I only saw one person disappointed, a 14year old who couldn't figure out why there was no Wi-Fi!! :-)

Thank Janette M
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

The remains of the monastic village and cemetery are lovely, but my best advice is to do the visitors centre first, as the signage in the village is not very good. You will have a better understanding of the significance of the structures and the background of the hermit who began all this.
The walks to the lake are not strenuous, but a relatively long hike. The views of the lake and surrounding mountains are beautiful.

Thank RichardinOhio
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