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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Visitor Centre, Ireland
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Glendalough, Irish for Glen of Two Lakes, is a glacial valley located in Wicklow Mountains National Park. The valley is absolutely beautiful and renowned for its monastic ruins. We visited on a tour of Wicklow Mountains with Hilltop Treks. We only had about an hour to explore the area, which is not nearly enough, but greatly enjoyed our time here.... More

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Great location of this monastery allows a great choice of walks which for me were more interesting that a monastery on its own. If you are in the area - you should visit this place - but I wouldn't put it as a main point of the tour.

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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

a gentle calm about the place. i just wish people would respect its past and its history,not as the continental student who felt cool about filling his bag with the rough stones that are part of its heritage.when asked not to do it he could not understand--why not--.when you go to places like glendalough RESPECT ITS SETTING AND ITS HISTORY.

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Wow, what a beautiful, calm place, it is wonderful to walk the grounds and imagine what it was like as a monk hundreds of years ago. The site dates back from the 10th to the early 13th century. I loved it here, the site is beautiful and spellbinding, the site includes a wonderful ancient grave yard, the round tower, a... More

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NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

All of the photos I have seen from Glendalough did not do justice to really being there. Beautiful, serene, majestic; it was a dream come true. The settlement is a bit of a walk from the visitor centre but the ground is smooth and well laid out. A wonderful experience.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

What can I say aside from it is a beautiful, calm, long walks and different sights park. Really loved it, and wish more people had the chance to see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Lovely place, and unforgettable experience... Really breath-taking old graveyard with the round tower and ruins of very old churches...

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Vancouver, B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

It's fun to imagine what it would have been like living here as a monk in ancient times. The site is very peaceful if you can avoid the bus groups and school groups. Very pleasant walk around the lakes. We ended up spending 3 hours wandering the site, walking the trails and having a picnic lunch. There's a snack bar... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We stopped off at Glendalough visitor center and picked up a couple maps for 50 Euro cent each - though really not needed for the short walks around the lakes and settlement - in our drive from Dublin to Killenny. We took the back, country roads which were beautiful though very narrow and planned a stop to stretch our legs.... More

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

WOW!!! What a breathtaking spot. We had a guided tour which I would recommend, you get a lot more history and details on the site. There are many photo opportunities to have and the history is extrodinary. There are places to get a bite to eat but definately walk through the grounds....tombstones from the 11th century to modern day. So... More

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