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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

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Address: Visitor Centre, Ireland
Phone Number: 0404/45325
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two...
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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Excellent Historic Site

Monastery - Church - Cemetery. Go toward the evening. I got Mist in the distance and a Sunset along with ruins and restored buildings. Many of the tombstones are at interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Monastery - Church - Cemetery. Go toward the evening. I got Mist in the distance and a Sunset along with ruins and restored buildings. Many of the tombstones are at interesting angles - and two were leaning on each other like two lovers leaning on each other's shoulder. You'll fill a camera card with fantastic shots.

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Wicklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Glendalough is a stunning monastic settlement in an equally stunning location. I have visited Glendalough hundreds of times and brought countless friends and relatives here. Getting away from the ever expanding hotel and gift stalls, Glendalough should be experienced on quiet days when you can stroll around and truly walk in the footsteps of monks and Vikings (maybe!) from 1500... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We visited on March 21st. There were plenty of people walking up and down the lakes and around the remains of the settlement. The entire place is kept exceptionally well. I didn't spot a piece of litter despite the number of visitors. The visitor centre is airy and worth a visit. Cost is €4 per adult and less for children... More 

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Florence, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Went on the walking tour which gave us information that we could never get out of books. The atmosphere of the place was breath taking. The spiritual feeling just made you stop and reflect on the world around us.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The views here are exceptional, the best time to walk around is actually at 0500hrs until about 0700hrs. You will see about 50 or 60 deers and their dow eating the liken off the trees , must be very quiet, do not take children at this time of the morning. Stay in Laragh and get up early and walk the... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I absolutely loved this site. It is gorgeous! I could have spent the entire day exploring and taking pictures. There are great walking paths with beautiful views of the lakes. The paths did have some small hills but were easy enough, and were either gravel or a boardwalk. I saw several people with strollers. There are several tour companies out... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Take a walk back into history.... Enjoy the serenity of the ruins.... Learn a little about St. Kevin and why he loved this land. Its unforgettable.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Spent a couple of hours in the museum, film show and the grounds. Very interesting history lesson of the monks from the 5th century

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Went to Glendalough on a rainy day, yet the weather did not stop me from visiting the impressive ruins. Had to go back a second time and was blessed with a sunny day while strolling through the historic grounds. The long scenic hike was absolutely awesome. I left this place serene & so grateful for having seen it twice. Please... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place is truly magical and will take your breath away. Great spot for walkers and ramblers alike. Watch out for the sign that says 'dogs found worrying sheep will be shot'. Very father ted!

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