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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
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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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Beautiful area with nature and culture

The visitors center is the place to start your visit. Right behind it you can visit the old buildings from early 6th century. You see a tower and a church building. The graves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Zetten
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The visitors center is the place to start your visit. Right behind it you can visit the old buildings from early 6th century. You see a tower and a church building. The graves with celtic stones are very beautiful. Take a hike to the upperlake : it is very pretty !!

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Trento, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed very much this tour because of the beauty of the place and the settlement, and the the great Groannia involved all of us !!!

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Thank Elisabetta C
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit only over an hour away from Dublin, it's a great shame there is no way to get there in the morning as it would be best to stay for all day and explore - the only direct bus arrives at 1pm and leaves back to Dublin at 4:30pm (St. Kevin's bus). Over all it's a stunning... More 

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TEXAS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very excited to visit this site. But, the bad news was it was on our last day. There are signs posted everywhere about watching our belongings and leave NOTHING in the car. We discussed this in the visitor center and the first response was "where are your passports right now?" So, Chris had to stay in the car... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Monastic settlement is an amazing place, the history of the area , the round tower the buildings, the lakes , the mystical setting , it was a bitterly cold day we visited and at this time of the year the sun does not even shine on the valley so you have to just imagine and admire the people who... More 

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Lowood Australia
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267 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An early monastic settlement established some 1600 years ago. Very interesting to walk around the site and experience some of what one was many, many, years ago.

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Maynooth, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although it was somewhat nerve wracking driving through a cloud along the Wicklow gap, I'm definitely glad I visited! We were lucky with the good weather. My boyfriend and I opted for the orange route for our walk, which we were recommended by the helpful staff in the information centre. We saw both the lower and upper lake as well... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place, purely magical. My little ones thought they had found Rapunzel's tower, my older ones enjoyed all the beautiful photographic opportunities here. The walk to the Lower & Upper Lakes are worth doing. We wished we had time to walk to the waterfall also. The longer walk around the lower lake was probably not worth the extra time.... More 

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Ireland
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit for all the family. With comfortable shoes a must , you can spend many hours strolling around and taking in the breathtaking views. Absolutely stunning area , steeped in history . Lots to learn and lots to see. Beautiful any time of year but on a really good day its simply amazing. We brought a packed... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We had a magical New Year's eve afternoon here with our kids after a short drive from South county Dublin.They loved pottering around the gravestones and tomb markers at the base of the round tower and the ruined church. We proceeded to take the boardwalk down the lakes with the kids on their scooters which they really enjoyed. The array... More 

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