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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

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Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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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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“upper lake” (195 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Visitor Centre, Ireland
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"ancient ruins"
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"beautiful area"
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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing area with a 100 foot high round tower from 900 AD, cemetery with huge tombstones, and masonry buildings. All free. Worth a stop.

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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful old cemetery with the Wicklow Mountains looming all around - a must-see when visiting Ireland.

Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was blessed to meet a local whose father once cared for the cemetery and has an overwhelming knowledge. I was shown the "Eviction" headstone (photo attached) whereby the person(s) had been evicted, home taken, and left to the elements. I also was shown the...More

Thank Deborah H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our time at Glendalough. The setting is amazing. We paid 4 euro to park in the visitor center lot (I read there were free lots but we missed them if they were there!). The main monastic ruins were lovely and fun to explore....More

Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful setting holds impressive monastic remains, including one of the tallest circular towers extant. Nice walking trails and beautiful flora. Only things preventing a 5 were the hordes of tourists (even in the rain!) and the pay for visitor center AFTER you have to pay...More

Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the most beautiful places I've been to. Gorgeous mountains and lakes, worth visiting and a nice break from the urban area.

Thank Luciane C
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were here on a school trip as part of the An Gaisce award with 32 sixteen year olds. Part of this award states that a 25km walk and over night self catering stay are required! We chose Glendalough for this purpose. We got a...More

Thank Rivierabear
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In America, we can sometimes forget that things can be VERY old and this historical site is a good reminder that a lot happened in the world before America. The ruins are interesting, but so too are the tombstone you get to walk amongst at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Has a wonderful ancient feel, and it is..surrounded by nature in all its glory. Interesting walks and great possibilities for mountain climbing

Thank Cristina D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want scenic beauty in a spiritual setting, spend some time in Glendalough. The vistas are amazing. You have options on how strenuously you want to walk. It is an ideal place to visit when you want to slow down, breathe, and take in...More

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Rebeca H
10 August 2018|
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Response from banshee48 | Reviewed this property |
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suejeanne1
17 June 2018|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not sure. I would assume there is a bus service. Google irish bus services. I live in Northern Ireland and drove to site. Hope this helps.
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