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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I reviewed the tour company that took us to the monastic site but need to review the site as well . Established in the 6th century by St Kevin and under attack multi times by the Vikings it is amazing anything is left . Between...More

Thank MassZiggy
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Monastic Settlement is a wonderful place to visit, with lots of history, and it is a wonderful place to walk around and take photos. You can walk the trails and visit the monastic site free of charge. That is not obvious when you park...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While the buildings are in ruins, they still hold so much beauty and history. We had a guide that took us on a short tour, which was informative.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ireland has so much history compared to our homeland of New Zealand. This is another important piece of Ireland's fabulous history.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lovely place and one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Full of ancient buildings hidden in an environment full of plants ...

Thank Sandra F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Would tell everyone to visit It was stunning The weather obviously helped but i can honestly say it took my breath away A Must Lots to learn and take in and people to help

Thank Emma M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful Sight that is worth the drive from Dublin!! Ruins are well preserved including some intact buildings!! Bell tower with sheep in the forefront is an Irish Site to behold!! St Kevin's dream seems to be still alive as you visit old church and other...More

Thank Dr Tim T
Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to hike the area before visiting the settlement. The scenery was gorgeous, though the bugs were a bit annoying. Lovely hike even in the rain. The settlement was nice to see; parking was crowded, bathrooms were available.

Thank Kelly D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went here on a Sunday , it is just a beautiful place with lots of walks and places for picnics. There's so much to see. Even though it was busy it wasn't overcrowded and there was lots of parking. I can't wait to return...More

Thank kkgirl08
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit Glendalough several times a year and make a point of staying there at least twice, once in springtime or summer, and once in winter when the valley is very still and washed with gentle mists. This is a place of great natural beauty,...More

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Dave W
Is it baby-buggy friendly?
19 October 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
What hours is the visitor center open? (November)
5 September 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!
how far away is it from dublin
12 June 2016|
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Response from emp_ireDubllin | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Glendalough is approx 1 hour away from Dublin or 51.7km. You can hire a car and drive or get a bus or coach trip (which run frequently) Enjoy!