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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 yesterday via mobile

This walled settlement founded by St Kevin couldn’t have been built in a more idyllic setting. The two lakes of Glendalough are close by. On site is the wonderful intact roundtower and St Kevin’s Church. There are rows and rows of headstones which time and...More

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
Reviewed 2 days ago

Scenic walks, waterfalls, forests, lakes, wildlife.....in the Wicklow Mountains just outside of Dublin. Yes, this beautiful place will transport you back in time. Here you will see the Monastic site and Round Tower with granite archway. I highly recommend this if you are traveling to...More

Thank Balconylove
Reviewed 4 days ago

Glendalough was absolutely beautiful and put me into a different world that felt mythical, ancient, and spiritual. I went with family members without an organized tour which was fine but because it was peak season the spiritual atmosphere was spoiled by other tourists on a...More

Thank Cuchisco
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family doesn't like guided tours so we took St Kevin's bus service to Glendalough (bus 181 from St Stephen's Green north, Dublin). Winter timetables are harsh, meaning you have to take the only 11:30 bus and return at 16:30. I recommend staying there a...More

Thank Alexandre T
Reviewed 6 days ago

What an absolutely beautiful place. Just a short drive down from Dublin (about 1 hour) and then you arrive at the Glendalough visitor Centre. The staff there was really helpful and friendly. The Monastic City is impressive. To think that something so old is still...More

Thank MarieBenedde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place! From the ruins to the beautiful scenery. If you have time, take the long walk to the lower lake. The scenery is among the most beautiful and awe-inspiring I've ever seen. Worth the trip if you're in the area!!

Thank 76gman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not pay to get into the visitor center as we had little time and wanted to see the beauty of the site. We did take a nice short hike throughout part of the site though and it was so incredibly beautiful. We are...More

Thank Erin N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So ancient..800-900's.So hard believe that tower is still standing.Mountains and valleys..So beautiful and surreal.A must visit.

Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful area surrounded by nature. Just 5 minutes walk from the visitors centre and 10 minutes away from one of the lakes.

Thank Arenadorada00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I recently visited the Glendalough Monastery and I have to say it was a great stop. It is quite easy to find and there is plenty of signs to get you there, and there was plenty of parking available as there’s a...More

Thank Polley17
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Ellen O
13 January 2018|
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Response from 100,005,814,845,840 | Reviewed this property |
Depends if you want to just see the monastery and tower or go round the lake. Monastery and lake then 3 hours is fine to even do the short loop around the lake but is maybe not enough to do the long loop as well which we... More
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.