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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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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It is easy to see why someone would go here for quiet reflection. The setting is very peaceful and even with a fair number of people milling about, it was quiet and calming. The visitor center & short film did a nice job explaining the monastic movement in Ireland. There wasn't much parking, so I could see it getting very... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Glendalough is one of the most beautiful places to walk, surrounded by lakes, forest and mountains. Rain or shine the atmosphere is electric

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Orlando, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
36 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Wow, what a great stop on our trip through Ireland. This is one of those sights that brings understanding to the Book of Kells, the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, and the general settlement and transition of Ireland. On top of that, it is stunningly beautiful, and our walking tour guide from the tourist center was fantastic, allowing us time... More

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Beautiful and with such a rich history! It was raining and cold the day we visited but I still loved it.

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Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was a breathtakingly beautiful area including the lake, the drive in and the monastic site. There is a great loop walk to the top of the lake which is about 3 kms and a flat walk which I would recommend. There are also longer walks for those with more energy and time. The monastic site was hauntingly beautiful.

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Lewiston, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I didn't even know there was a St. Kevin! If you don't want to spend a single Euro, go to this place and walk to the village, it's free. To get the most, however, I highly recommend the visitor center. There is a small cost but it does an excellent job of explaining the history of the place and there... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We were so blessed that the day we arrived in Glendalough the temperature was spring like, the sun was shining and everything was perfect--literally what you dream of when you think of Ireland. The sun danced off the the stream you pass over to visit the monastic settlement. Do take a walk around the lakes. And, don't be in a... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

There was fog while we visited glendalough and that might have made the atmosphere even more special. Interesting part of Irish history. The visitor guide is only 50cent. It was nice to do the walk around the lake.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Glendalough is a remote location today, can only imagine how remote it was when established. The setting is beautiful with grave stones and original structures. A little difficult to get to but worth a visit. No fee to visit the site, small fee to go through the visitor center and exhibits.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I have been fortunate enough to visit Ireland 5 times, and Glendalough is my favorite place in the entire country. I am a history lover and a Christian, so the combination of old history and the lives of the saints who lived there are fascinating to me. Stay in a bed and breakfast rather than the hotel, or take a... More

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