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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

During our stay in Ireland we enjoyed the most Glendalough & Cliffs of Moher. Glendalough has a fascinating collection of buildings (a church, a tall round tower, lots of graves) to explore. If you have time for more stunning views walk to upper lake (~4km...More

Thank Mihai I
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A beautiful day helping our enjoyment of this great location. We did the white looped walk over the hill looking down to the valley and lakes along the wooden boardwalk. It was fabulous! The walk is steep in parts but very doable and well worth...More

Thank sheiladev
Reviewed 3 days ago

The ruins of this early monastic settlement are located in a beautiful, peaceful area of Glendolough. The abbey was started by St. Kevin, and the ruins date back to the 10th and 12th centuries. We were there on a rainy day, and the steps and...More

Thank Mimivfl73
Reviewed 4 days ago

Paid a brief visit to Glendalough monastic centre and amazed by the peaceful and tranquil views around the area. The centre was very busy and after a small charge for the car park there were plenty of interesting sight to see. Enjoyable stroll around the...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is very interesting place to walk around. The entrance arch is the oldest standing one in Ireland. The tower and a small building with a special type of stone roof also are in good condition. You can get a nice photo of the tower...More

Thank MNVikesfan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History and monuments set in a very scenic location. Should be on everyone's to do list out of Dublin. Try to go up by road across Sally Gap - simply beautiful drive. Your visit to the site and valley commences at the Visitor Centre. There...More

Thank bobjanh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its the remains of a monastic village and cemetery. The lakes are literally 14 km away so be prepared to walk. Its a long drive from Dublin!

Thank KomalSolomon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The settlement is an easy drive from Dublin. There is plenty of parking available on site. There is a small visitors center where you can pay to watch a video, but the walk to the settlement is actually free of charge. There are bathrooms available...More

Thank Troualy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a place of exceptional natural and historic beauty! I was taken away by how the upper lake is connected both by a forest pathway and by a boardwalk by the roadway! Everything is so well maintained. The round tower is exactly as I...More

Thank Janette M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The remains of the monastic village and cemetery are lovely, but my best advice is to do the visitors centre first, as the signage in the village is not very good. You will have a better understanding of the significance of the structures and the...More

Thank RichardinOhio
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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!
Dave W
19 October 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
5 September 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!