Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough

Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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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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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia11,807 contributions
Nov 2021
During a trip to Glendalough, a visit is not complete without venturing to the monastic settlement, which was founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin, the current buildings date back to the 10th century, the site makes for wonderful piccies.
Written 24 November 2021
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naza2005
Madrid, Spain157 contributions
Nov 2021
It is not a place to rush through it with your mobile doing what your eyes dont. It is a place to enjoy at your leasure, not only the monastic settlement, but mainly the walk to the lakes. And when you get there, sit down and forget about time
Written 16 November 2021
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Alim U
London, UK595 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited here here in October not expecting much in the way of good weather. The day of our visit the weather was lovely - nice and sunny!! The views were simply stur, especially Upper Lake. A must visit if your visiting Dublin or surrounding areas.
Written 9 November 2021
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JML02118
Boston, MA221 contributions
Sep 2021
historic village at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Great bit of history combined with a pleasant walk around the lakes. Good way to spend a morning or afternoon and not too far from Dublin.
Written 4 November 2021
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moosegrin
East Moline, IL92 contributions
Nov 2021
Absolutely a do not miss experience. We visited on 3 November 2021 , a cool and party sunny day. The visitor's center was not open, but a guide was posted outside with maps and informstion. it's a amazing historic site with a 32 meter high tower from the 10th century. Surrounded by Celtic cross both historic and modern, it's site that puts you in a peaceful contemplative mood. If you only walk to the settlement, it's a good 2 hour visit. Glendalough is much more than that with a multitude of hikes and landscape views, The 1.4 mile walk to the upper lake (about 25 minutes) is a walk thru tall, moss covered trees and peaceful forest. at the upper lake, another 15 minute walk takes you to a very stunning waterfall. If you want the view of the upper lake that is shown in many of the tourist brochures, that is additional 45 minutes up to the top of the hills. So, if you enjoy hiking, you could very easily enjoy an entire day here and spend much of that time in lovely landscapes away from crowds.
Written 3 November 2021
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Ciaran L
Kildare, Ireland2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
I visited Glendalough today a bank holiday Monday the place was busy but not packed. There was was a que to get in to the last car park .There was a small camper van in front of us when we eventually got to the gate I noticed they drove in and left immediately wondering why , I asked the gate attendant why ?
A 15€ daily charge for a camper van also the toilets closed at 3 pm . There were lots of tourists here , What sort of a welcome are we sending out
Written 25 October 2021
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Erik K
Pittsburgh, PA657 contributions
Sep 2021
Amazing area with stunning views and a ton of history!
The Lower Lake area was just gorgeous, with ducks nesting on the shore.
The Settlement itself was amazingly steeped in history. From the Round Tower to the Cathedral ruins to St Kevin's Kitchen, it was amazing.
Be aware that the cemetery is still an active cemetery, we were surprised to see a burial there the day we visited.
Written 9 October 2021
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fobl11
Birmingham, UK566 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Me and my family visited here last week and absolutely loved it.
We parked at the visitor centre car park, which cost €4 for the day. We then took the short 5 minute or so walk to the monastery.
The monastery is fantastic to wander around and it is amazing how well intact some of the buildings are.
It was then about a 20-25min walk (with my 4 year old walking) up to the Upper Lake from the monastery. The woods you walk through are beautiful and my son loved walking along the little forest path that followed the pavement (the path all the way to the lake is perfectly suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs).
The upper lake is stunning and has plenty of space to chill and enjoy the scenery. It would be a great spot to stop and enjoy a picnic.
One added bonus was the waterfall near the lake. Its a short walk up a steep path, maybe 5mins or so, but is worth it. Its beautiful.
We then took the boardwalk path back towards the visitors centre which was brilliant as it provides a greater viewpoint of the lower lake.
Next time i am in Ireland i will definitely be visiting here again.
Written 5 September 2021
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R G
Dublin, Ireland927 contributions
Jun 2021
A nice stroll to the Miner's Village from the Monastic Settlement offers some of the best views of the valley
Written 5 August 2021
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LiberBliss
Dublin, Ireland93 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
A place of deep spiritual significance! It reminds me of the Life of penance that St Kevin lived here 1500 years ago. It has some spots of photographic value.
Written 13 July 2021
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