Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • motorcar1
    Dublin, Ireland8,152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glendalough a great day out
    As a native of Dublin I often visited Glendalough especially when our family were young. Great historic site and fabulous for walks and picnics. Today was our first visit in about ten year and we went across the mountains so it was a magical drive there too.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Jcalvert325
    84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful no matter the weather
    We had the pleasant surprise of visiting Glendalough in the snow. It was cold, but still walkable, and a great visit. The car park is close to the entrance, and there are clean restrooms on-site. The ruins are beautiful, and we enjoyed meandering the cemetery to look at the old headstones. The walk to the lakes is an easy one, and the view is definitely worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • jxx9595
    1,468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great on a nice day
    We loved walking around the grounds and taking photos. The round tower is spectaular in its own way, but the cemetary with its assortments of head stones in varying condition and angles were also worth seeing and photographing. Worth spending several hours here if the weather is in your favor and you want to do a lot of walking.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Nancy D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delightful quiet guest house in Wicklow Mountains.
    We found wonderful lodging at the Lough Dan House nearby. Sean and Theresa Byrne are most delightful hosts! Warmly welcoming, knowledgeable about the Wicklow history and multiple places to hike. Lovely, clean, quiet rooms with comfortable beds and beautiful views. We met interesting hikers from all over Europe. Theresa’s home-cooked full breakfasts were delicious with locally sourced food. Thanks for a memorable stay!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 10 May 2023
  • jerrys01
    Bel Air, Maryland583 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive series of ancient churches
    The Glendalough monastery area was the last tour stop for our Wild Ireland tour. The area consists of a lot of tombstones, and the remains of multiple churches, in various states of decay. There's also a pretty impressive tower on the site. The area is certainly scenic enough and includes an easy walking path right next to the monastery area. I was told that even the newer buildings in the area are about 800 years old.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Intrepid411
    Connecticut195 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Third stop on our trip
    This is a beautiful spot and the historical buildings are well worth the visit. I’m not sure if I’d pay to go inside the visitor center again, there wasn’t a ton to read or see, the good stuff on the outside is free! Suggestion, you got me to pay for the visitors center, charging me another 1/2 euro for a small paper copy of a map of the grounds seemed a little much.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • MrsWYN-R
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom3,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Escape
    We were on a coach tour of the Wicklow Mountains and we stopped here. Enjoyed a walk in the rain to look at the old monestary and tower. Map outside the visitor centre gives routes to take up to a lake and around the ruins, however it is a popular spot for tourists so just follow the crowds. Scenery is lovely and there is a hotel where you can get a coffee. Did not visit the visitor centre as the guide outside stated that if we had been on the walk there was no need to go in - strange that he would want to put tourists off? Lovely spot.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • rlepson
    Scottsdale, Arizona422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the short drive from Dublin
    Visited as part of a guided tour. It’s magical and one won’t be let down. I’d suggest you go on a guided tour as there is much history and lore here. Simply visiting would be ok, as the scenery alone is breathtaking.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2023
  • JedAfterthought
    Levin, New Zealand218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric spot for a day trip by St Kevin’s bus
    Such an atmospheric spot, even in ‘soft’ weather, for a gentle walk and some deep reflection. The monastic ‘city’ flourished around the 9th to 12th century in a picturesque valley with two lakes. A number of ruined stone buildings remain, sacked by the Vikings. Hard not to be moved as you reflect on man’s inhumanity to man.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Daniel C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Fantastic! Views are spectacular. The history is amazing and it is well cared for. Well worth the four euros car parking. Will love to return here again. Great for history buffs, culture vultures, hikers etc.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
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Renata2016
Lisbon, Portugal9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The place in itself is
Magic.
The ruins are well kept so that visitors can understand what happened throughout the centuries to this magical place. There’s no need for a guide as the place has a self guided tour that can be bought for 5 eur and it is worth every cent.

The day of our visit was not one of the best as the Irish weather did not disappoint and it was pouring rain, but it didn’t stop us from spending the required time to learn and breath the history of this place.

Ireland simply does not disappoint, I say. When countries and kingdoms were fighting all over Europe, Ireland was already an inspiration for some people, including St Kevin!
Written 18 February 2024
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Heather220_1
Belfast, UK303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There are several walks or hikes around the 2 lakes & the Monastic city is completely free of charge to wander around. If you’re lucky & can make it there in good weather without too many crowds then you realise how special this place is! So serene & mystical. There are proper hikers but also families with 3 generations & buggies so walks for everyone to enjoy. We did the loop of the 2 lakes to the Miners Village stopping along the way to admire the views & take photos followed by a cuppa at the The Glendalough Hotel & it took 2.5 hours.
Written 4 January 2024
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Tammy W
Los Angeles, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful views of a huge lake, just past the ruins and cemetery. Park and walk 25 minutes to the lake after looking around the monastery.
Written 19 November 2023
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4,240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Wow is one word for the beauty of this place. The other is peaceful. Such a treasured area. The tombstones were so old and weathered. Amazing to see.
Written 27 October 2023
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Jim C
Birmingham, AL592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Second stop out of Dublin. Beautiful streams on walk to monastery. Saw a deer. Very peaceful with ancient cemetery and ruins. Worth a visit and walk to the lake.
Written 16 October 2023
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Ray W
Ashburn, VA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited Glendalough this summer as part of a tour group. There were not many tour buses that came through other than ours, so there was not much of a crowd. The settlement buildings and cemetery were interesting and the surrounding grounds allowed us to walk over to the nearby lake in a peaceful setting. We enjoyed our time in Glendalough and would recommend the visit.
Written 26 September 2023
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Fearless11012123834
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Absolutely always a wonderful place to visit over the years, the views are always amazing ,beautiful walks,beautiful scenery ,unfortunately the toilets at the lower end were fairly bad, as in piss was over flowing the men's cubicles ,pretty bad,ya can imagine the smell ,but could of been an off day for the mantainice crew in fairness!!!!the price of food and ice cream at the food stalls is absolutely appalling,, 3 euro for a little bottle of water ,3.50 for a single cone ,absolute fortune they are making , yes I'm an idiot like so many of us that pay and give out, so I'll know the next time, rip of Ireland seems to be getting stronger and stronger,
Written 9 September 2023
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ChrissieWilliams81
Wyong Creek, Australia524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We visited here as an extra on our tour.

Magical is an understatement. It’s a cemetery and ruins. Beautiful stone buildings and tombstones leaning on each other.

You can also walk along the river.
Written 6 August 2023
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Brian C
Oakland, TN340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Excellent site to visit. Amazing history and beautiful scenery as well. Perfect place to stop if you’re just leaving Dublin.
Written 2 August 2023
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Daniel C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Fantastic! Views are spectacular. The history is amazing and it is well cared for. Well worth the four euros car parking. Will love to return here again. Great for history buffs, culture vultures, hikers etc.
Written 28 July 2023
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