Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement

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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Victoria
85 contributions
Jan 2023
Very cool place to visit. The picturesque ruins are set in a beautiful valley and the whole place just feels serene. You feel surrounded by history, given that the monastery was founded by St. Kevin back in the 6th century.

According to legend, if you manage to wrap your arms around St. Kevin's cross, your wish will come true!

The trail to the lower lake from the monastic ruins was very easy and definitely worth the visit if you are going to see the ruins.
Written 30 January 2023
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Willymallaig
Mallaig, UK74 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Really interesting place. The scenery is outstanding and some really nice spots to see. I would imagine in the summer it would be mental busy and on these wee roads would be a bit of a nightmare but
Written 25 January 2023
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John L
Grand Bend, Canada2,026 contributions
Oct 2022
Glendalough Monastic Settlement was also known as the city of seven churches. St Kevin founded the settlement in the late 6th or early 7th century as a place of retreat from the world, and Glendalough became one of the major pilgrimage sites in medieval Ireland. The settlement has a remarkable collection of medieval churches and buildings spread across 3 acres. Visiting is a moving experience filled with wonder, history and magnificent scenery.
Written 19 January 2023
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Almostgreynomad
Sydney, Australia915 contributions
Dec 2022
You can visit the monastic settlement free - just go up the stairs to the left of the souvenir shops - but if you want an overview of the importance and history, pay for the ticket in the tourist centre and watch the film - it is 15 minutes.

If you pay for parking (in tourist season) take your ticket with you to the Tourist Centre - you used to get the parking price off the entry ticket. We were there in winter this time and didn't have to pay for parking.

Hiking / walking around the lakes is popular - lower and upper.

There is a YHA in Glendalough.
Written 1 January 2023
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Sabrina D
Leixlip, Ireland13 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Always a really good day out. Went with our family from the Netherlands. Staff at visitors centre very nice and helpful. Upper lake has an amazing view of the valley
Written 22 October 2022
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FIL M
London, UK352 contributions
Oct 2022
Beautiful spot full of history and wonderment. Surrounded by luscious mountains, vegetation and so on. Well worth a visit. Cost to park the car is four euros which is not bad at all given that you can spend the day wandering around the park/mountains
Written 12 October 2022
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Neil C
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Outrageous ripoff for parking a motor home. Car parking at the visitor centre is €4, a minibus is €6, but our motorhome, no bigger than a car, was €15 - what is your thinking guys? We turned round and left - but it was very tempting to cause traffic problems by parking outside the gates for nothing on the road.
Written 6 October 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,587 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
The Monastic settlement at Glendalough is stunning. The visitors centre is a three or four minute walk and though not essential, it does provide a nice bit of historical context and explanation for the site.
Access to the car oark costs €4 and the visitors centre exhibition costs snother €5 but the actual Monastic Site is completely free.
The Round Tower is the highlight, build vereeniging 900 and 1200. The cathedral ruins are besutiful too. Its the setting that makees it so special, in the valley with the lake nearby.
There are beatiful trails in the National Patk, make sure to allow plenty of time for your visit, not just to the Monastic site.
Don't miss Reefert Church by the upper lake, it's enchanting, and the site of St Kevin's Cell.
A truly wonderful place, good for the soul!
Written 26 September 2022
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Jody M
91 contributions
Aug 2022
The site is free to visit but you need to pay for parking. There is a visitor centre on site that you also need to pay to enter. The site itself is alright but the tower is really impressive. There are many trails to choose from for a lovely walk. If you’re just visiting the site, you need less than an hour but if hiking, you will need enough time for the route you choose.
Written 3 September 2022
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John M
Lurgan, UK1,936 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited the monastic site on the way to the Glendalough lakes and it was a good place to visit with the historic graveyard and buildings of our ancient past. It dates back to the 13th century with some of the grave stones in Latin and Irish.
Written 1 September 2022
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