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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
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I love Glendalough and have visited many many times. The dark lake and the round tower you can almost imagine yourself running as the Viking hordes approach.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jean B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm a sucker for old cemeteries in general, but this place was incredible. It's so peaceful and it makes you want to sit and stay awhile, contemplating the greater things in life. We walked through multiple times, reading over the headstones and appreciating the buildings...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great place to stop and see some good Irish History dating back to 900 AD. There was a very nice visitor center with a nice video and a scaled recreation of the site. Then you can take a nice walk over a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dale F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent an overcast and drizzly day in Glendalough recently exploring the national park including the Monastic Site/Settlement. It's well worth exploring the site as there are a number of interesting buildings and ruins along with graves.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank davidaedwards-au
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the Miners Road on a beautiful day. It was busy with tourists and Families. Some Guided Walks. We climbed after leaving the miners Road and we're treated to spectacular views of the Upper Lake. This is strenuous and boots are preferable for this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ACara50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Colm B
Reviewed 5 weeks 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lollygal
Reviewed 9 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 8 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank disorder80
Reviewed 8 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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30 September 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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