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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.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

In Glendalough you find a great nature with and old cemetery and two lakes. You pay only for parking (4€) and that’s it. Walk walk to the upper lake, it’s worthy. (Best use one way up and the other way back) The cemetery is impressing....More

Thank BenNurVei
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A beautiful place peaceful tranquil friendly people. The tour was organised. Good atmosphere. Pretty lakes unusual trees

Thank moloneythreasa
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was in the beginning of our road trip around Ireland from Dublin and it was DEFINITELY worth the stop. It's just so beautiful. We could have spent even more hours here, but we had to get on the road. There are hikes, monastic sites,...More

Thank omusette
Reviewed 6 days ago

Words cannot describe the beauty and peacefulness of this ancient place. The mountains and natural beauty are amazing. The medieval ruins and graveyard are very interesting. We loved walking around this place. It is someth No that you should not miss. There is also a...More

Thank Tracy A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What to say...just spectacular. It wasn't the greatest day for a walk - cold and rainy - but the monastic settlement is incredible and the walk in the woods to the Upper Lake was breathtaking. I've been to Glendalough several times and it still remains...More

Thank Marylu79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited on a crisp, sunny day, and it was beautiful. Besides a school tour, we were the only people there. The combination of the lakes and the ruins and graveyard were like a long bath for the soul. Also, take the left path to...More

Thank bilbosroad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you're here with family or friends, the scenery is spectacular and there are some fabulous hikes for all abilities, whether you want a gentle stroll on flat ground by the lakes or something a bit more challenging! Parking is €4 per car. There are...More

Thank Crispy1001
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth the visit. Walk through the old graveyards and shells of the church. Very interesting piece of Irish history. Worth the bus ride from Dublin for a visit.

Thank Gretchen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monastery is amazing. I had a tour guide with me who told the history of the monastery in a really fun and interesting way. The monastery grounds really has a serene and peaceful vibe to it, which you can really feel when you kind...More

Thank LauraZ9244
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having lived all my life in co. Wicklow the beauty of glendalough ,still takes my breath away .It is by far one of the most beautiful ,peaceful and even spiritual place to visit ,steeped in history .The area has fabulous walks for all levels and...More

Thank tracydoran
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Sonnet M
10 February 2018|
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Response from LauraZ9244 | Reviewed this property |
No, roaming the grounds is for free.
Ellen O
13 January 2018|
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Response from Kevin R | Reviewed this property |
Hi 3 hour’s there is enough to take in the most part and not be rushed. Please be aware that it is about an hour’s drive out of Dublin though. It was a very interesting park with lots to enjoy.
27 July 2017|
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Response from JamesMcAlister72 | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge, sorry. That doesn't mean there are none, I am just not in need of one. The visitor centre number is +353 (0) 404 45325. Have a great visit!