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Dublin to Glendalough, Wicklow and Kilkenny Full Day Guided Tour
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Dublin to Glendalough, Wicklow and Kilkenny Full Day Guided Tour

By Collins Day Tours
Recommended by 98% of travellers
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About
Combine some of Ireland's natural wonders and historic highlights on this full-day tour from Dublin, an easy and efficient way to explore the countryside. Transport between Wicklow National Park, Wicklow Gap, Glendalough, and Kilkenny gives you more time to focus on the sights rather than stressful navigation. Guide commentary brings historic sites to life; guided and independent elements allow ample free time; and onboard Wi-Fi keeps boredom at bay. 
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Ages 3-99, max of 59 per group
Duration: 9h 15m
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Highlights
  • Tour the Irish countryside on a stress-free day trip from Dublin 
  • A separate driver and guide ensures safety and attention on the tour
  • Take optional walking tours in Glendalough and Kilkenny 
  • Guide's commentary reveals the rich history of the tour's highlights
  • Wi-Fi on board the bus is convenient for uploading photos to social media

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide and separate coach driver
  • Walking tours at Glendalough and Kilkenny included (not compulsory)
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury coach
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Glendalough Monastic Settlement
  • Entry/Admission - Wicklow Mountains National Park
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Kilkenny Castle entrance fee

Depart from a central Dublin meeting point, and make yourself comfortable on the coach bus for the ride through the scenic Irish countryside. Climbing into the hills of Wicklow, take in the sights before hopping out to explore Glendalough and the Valley of the Two Lakes. Follow your guide to several lookout points, where you can snap photos and listen to commentary on the area's history as an early Christian settlement, complete with 6th-century monastic ruins. Leave the driving to an expert as you gaze out the windows through the dramatic mountain pass of Wicklow Gap. In Kilkenny, disembark to explore the country's medieval capital with a guided walking tour. Highlights include Rothe House, St. Canice's Cathedral, and Kilkenny Castle, all of which you learn about through your guide's informative commentary. Then, explore on your own, shopping for souvenirs or seeking out a traditional Irish pub for lunch (own expense). Relax on the journey back to Dublin for drop-off.

Start:
  • Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin, 23 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7, Ireland
    Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure to check in with the tour guide. Please look for the COLLINS coach. Departure is at 8.45am sharp.
End:
  • The National Wax Museum Plus, The Lafayette Building, 22-25 Westmoreland St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, D02 EH29, Ireland
    Return / Drop off in Dublin at 6pm approx.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 33832P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hot drinks/food not allowed on board the coach
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 59 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin?
How much is Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin?
Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin price starts from €40.79. Discover and book Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin on Tripadvisor
What is the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin cancellation policy?
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  • You'll start at
    Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
    23 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7, Ireland
    Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure to check in with the tour guide. Please look for the COLLINS coach. Departure is at 8.45am sharp.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Glendalough Monastic Settlement
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Wicklow Mountains National Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    The Wicklow Gap
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Kilkenny Castle
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 5
    Dublin
    Stop: 1 minute
    See details
  • You'll end at
    The National Wax Museum Plus
    The Lafayette Building, 22-25 Westmoreland St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, D02 EH29, Ireland
    Return / Drop off in Dublin at 6pm approx.
    See address & details
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  • Collins Day Tours
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  • Sightsee67180667415
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    School Trip - Teenagers
    We took a group of 46 students and 4 teachers from and to the Dublin airport. Our driver, Andrew, was extremely nice and very punctual on both occasions. The bus was extremely comfortable and, the best for a group of teenagers... was the USB chargers available above each seat.
    Written 23 April 2024
  • Juan Diego G
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a brilliant experience
    What an amazing experience to travel with Collins tours. The guide Philip was very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining to listen to. He made all stories very interesting and shared a lot of facts of each place. As Irishes say Brilliant
    Written 2 November 2023
  • raffaellar7
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Pat the storyteller
    Great tour with Pat and Adam! Despite the weather It was so nice listening tò Pat while telling us the enchanting history of the Emerald Isle! If you go to Dublin definitely you Need tò go on a tour with Collins!
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Sunshine43064763676
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Brilliant day out, well worth the money to venture outside the city and explore some gems of Ireland. Our tour guide Pat was extremely knowledgable and had great enthusiam throughout the tour.
    Written 16 October 2023
  • alphamissy
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Our tour guide was fantastic - so knowledgeable & hails from County Kildare! Lots of stories - not like someone who has memorized a script - would definitely recommend to others to book with Collin tours!
    Written 29 April 2023
  • evridiki83
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day Tour to Glendalough and Kilkenny with Collins day tours
    This day trip with this company deserves more than any other. Philip the tour guide and Willie the driver were excellent. Beautiful route through the unique landscapes of Ireland with Philip talking to us about the history of Ireland in a unique way, with humor and even songs! Don't miss the optionally tour with Philip in kilkenny. Do yourself a favor and do this trip with them!
    Written 12 April 2023
  • K6694EXmichaelc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Had an amazing time. Learned a ton of interesting information. Beautiful sights. Highly recommend to anyone.
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Davidtravelerteacher
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice day
    A great day, with a great guide, Pat! Lots of informations, and nice views! We recommend! David (the teacher 😉)
    Written 15 February 2023
  • 418christyf
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take advantage of this day trip! Pat is Amazing!
    We highly recommend this day trip! The sights were incredible. But what made this trip unforgettable? Pat, he went above and beyond with his wealth of knowledge and his witty personality. He made this once in a lifetime trip for us, truly amazing. John & Christy Ft Worth, TX
    Written 13 February 2023
  • stevetZ815XK
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect day tour
    We had a fantastic day with our guide Brian and Paul. The experience was the perfect day trip. Make the most of all the guided tours. They are well worth your time seeing and absorbing the great knowledge the guides have about the history and stories. Highly recommend this tour when spending a few days in Dublin. 10/10
    Written 16 January 2023
  • mbeasley
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    This tour was fabulous. There was a max of two hours driving between each stop and we got to see so much without the stress of driving. Pat was an excellent guide and made it an enjoyable and educational day for adults and kids.
    Written 19 December 2022
  • A3127MIcristinas
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pat and Greg were amazing
    Pat, our fabulous tour guide, and Greg our awesome driver both did a fantastic job educating us throughout the duration of the tour while also keeping humor intact. Pat had plenty of animation while speaking to us about everything we passed. We loved seeing Glendalough, Kilkenny and learning about the history from Pat while en route. I highly recommend this tour company, guide, and experience.
    Written 18 December 2022
  • amydresser2017
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kilkenny Tour
    I enjoyed the tour guides info and knowledge of the history and area we visited (Phil). Cold weather and icy roads made a little change to our itinerary but it was still a very enjoyable day. Our driver was awesome (Willy). He managed the icy and dangerous roads like a pro
    Written 13 December 2022
  • deond1911
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    The whole experience was wonderful. Our guide Pat was very very professional, friendly and informative from the very start. Martin, the driver, was also great. Both of them made the day worth while. Tour is scheduled very well with enough time to enjoy every spot we visited. Worth the money!
    Written 9 December 2022
  • jonrtroynj
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Day Outside of Dublin
    Great tour. It was raining to start so Philip, our guide, reversed the destination order and we were rain free all day. Great locations, expert tour guide and an overall excellent day. Highly recommend!
    Written 22 November 2022
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Matt J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed a wonderful day out lead by the simply superb Pat, who couldn't make us feel more welcome whilst leading an insightful and informative trip through the countryside with stops in Glendalough and Kilkenny. Not to forget Francis our driver who kept us safe and on time through our travels.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would do another trip if our stay allowed for it!

Highly recommend.

Matt & Freya
Written 9 January 2020
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laraluvsU2
Hamilton, Canada336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an excellent way to explore the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny. It was stress free, relaxing, enjoyable, informative, safe and well worth the money and time.

The coach bus was comfortable (no toilet aboard) and our driver, Willie, was superb. Grateful he was doing the driving.

Our guide, Brian, was personable, knowledgeable and absolutely perfect for introducing us to this part of Ireland.

Driving in and out of the mountains was very picturesque. The stop at Glendalough was interesting. We also walked to the Upper lake. The walk in the woods alone was worth it. The Upper Lake was worth the walk, too. It was strikingly different from the Lower Lake. The Monastic ruins were intriguing. We were fortunate to see a Sako deer wandering among the gravestones.

The stop in Kilkenny was time tobezplore o our own. You could pay to see inside the castle, or, for free, wander the grounds. There was a "train", for a fee, to tour the town. Or you could walk. Our guide offered a walking tour, too. It is at this stop that you will want to have lunch, or just grab a quick bite to eat. There were plenty of restaurant options to suit you taste and needs. The Fig Tree restaurant was very good and offered gluten free options. The house made, gluten free scone was delicious.

This tour was well worth the price and I highly recommend it, especially if you are short on time in Ireland.
Written 12 September 2022
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Fainche
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
My Mum and I spent an amazing day on the Glendalough and Kilkenny tour. Pat the guide was incredibly friendly and engaging and made the history of Dublin, Glendalough and Kilkenny come to life. Gary the driver was fantastic too! We would totally recommend this your to anyone who wants to spend a lovely day out of the city and learn more about the history of beautiful Ireland.
Written 27 February 2020
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Camille LB
Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recommend this activity. A really nice day tour in the Wicklow national park at only 1h30 from Dublin. Really good timing and so much fun and infos with our amazing guide tour Pat ! Definitly don't hesitate.
Upper lake, monastic city of Glendalough, so much explantions on Ireland's history on the way to Kilkenny with a stop to a nice point of view over the lake (if good weather). Free Time for lunch and then explanations on Kilekenny's History or free Time before trip back to Dublin.
The most : some free advices for the rest of your trip (pubs, shopping, restaurant etc ...) & Dublin's tipycal song on the way back.
Just super great !
Written 13 February 2020
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kim
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the wicklow mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny tour with my boyfriends parents on a day with an awful lot of rain and mist so we missed a lot of view on the way. What didn't matter at all, because we still learned more about Dublin and Ireland than I knew since i moved here half a year ago. Our tourguide Pat was incredibly loveley and entertaining. All of us laughed a lot while at the same time he fed our heads with the most interesting bits about irish history. The busdriver Tery was lovely as well and brought us save, fast and comfortable to the stops of the tour. Highly recommend and will do the tour again! Thanks a lot for a great day!
Written 16 January 2020
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Fiona C
Gorebridge, Scotland, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Lovely day, despite the very wet weather. Our guide Pat was extremely kind, funny and kept us entertained with his information, stories and wit. Terry was a great driver and we arrived at both Glendalough and Kilkenny slightly ahead of schedule which gave us more time. Glendalough was a beautiful area. We didn't do the walk to the upper lake since it was so wet but those who did said it was spectacular. Kilkenny was a great place. We did the train ride, walked around seeing the lovely, coloured buildings and the castle. Had a lovely meal in the Food Hall across from the castle too.
Written 9 March 2020
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Barbara W
Simsbury, Connecticut, United States76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a great tour! Our guide, Antonio, told us charming stories and also showed us the best places to shop and eat. He shared his cell phone number in case of emergency and carefully checked after each stop to be sure we were all on board. He was fun and funny. Our bus driver, Steve, was amazing in how well he handled the narrow, steep, twisting drive through the mountains. As a group of six, two grandparents, two parents, and two children, we all found things that captured our attention and imagination. The scenery was spectacular. We had plenty of time in different locations to walk, hike, eat, and shop. Talking with the sheep farmer, watching his dogs work, and then holding and bottle feeding the lambs was a wonderful way to conclude the day. This is long day trip, well worth your time. Also, it is truly priced well.
Written 18 July 2022
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Declan Clark
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pat is an exceptional tour guide, and makes you feel like a friend rather than a tourist, yet still supplying all the important facts and guidance throughout the trip. It’s clear he has a passion for his job and is very enthusiastic about what he does. Thank you for an amazing tour, thanks pat for making it so special!
Written 2 March 2020
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Carol W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This was a great trip! We saw all four seasons consisting of snow, rain, and sunshine. Our guide, Richard O’Brien, was exceptional. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and kept us all laughing through the cold! We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is thinking about it (even if the weather may not cooperate).
Written 10 February 2020
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Merve A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I'm living in Ireland for 4 years now and I learned so many things that I never heard of, or much more details. Philip was an amazing tour guide, amazing storyteller. He explained every single story when we were passing all those small villages, or any other random place.
I strongly recommend to join to the walking tour he hosts in Kilkenny, it's optional but I would never learn this much story about Kilkenny without joining his tour.
Thank you Philip for making it a great experience.
Also, huge thanks to the driver, Alec, for a smooth ride. I joined other tours as well and his driving kept my stomach happy that's all I can say :) If you're like me, you'll understand how important a good drive is.
Written 30 August 2022
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