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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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napoli
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I so enjoyed my first time here i came back with my husband. The walk around the lakes is absolutely stunning, quiet and peaceful. Any time of day is a good time to go. My first time was in November 2011 and there was a gorgeous mist hovering above the ground and the sun wasn't too strong, making picture taking... More

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We didn't leave enough time for this attraction. We wish that we would have skipped the gardens and came straight here. I have a bad hip, so didn't make it to the upper lake and we ran out of time. We did get to visit the ruins and remains within walking distance. We would recommend doing that and then driving... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Amazing afternoon spent here in autumn sunshine. Monastic settlement very interesting. Set amongst gravestones. Took the boardwalk around the lower lake. Then footpath to upper lake. The view was breathtaking. Climbed steep steps up to waterfall but it was worth it. Reminded me of the Lake District. Day out was however spoilt by parking. Had to drive round very small... More

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Dublin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Last Friday,I paid a visit here to both the Monastic site and the lake. Now it has been many years since I was here before, so walking around both parts of the area was like discovering the place for the first time. And I would be lying if I said that I wasn't in awe of the place. Words cannot... More

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Windermere, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This place was amazing, a must see! Spend your time exploring this settlement and also walking around the 2 lakes.

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Kentwood, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

There is a visitor center, hotel and restaurant for this monastic site unique to Ireland. You will need a car or bus to get there from Dublin though. Highlights of the ruins are the 10th century round tower and St. Kevins "kitchen" Church. There are old and new graves in this hallowed ground. Tour is outside, which could be problematical... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Ok, this is where Ireland stole our hearts. The countryside is absolutely beautiful. It is a great area to spend time to walk to see the monastic ruins. Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, and partially destroyed by English troops in 1398, the remaining buildings give you an idea how extensive the monastery was. The visitor center has... More

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Santiago, Chile
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Our hotel receptionist suggested going to this park as a point of interest in the area. We were fascinated and would have liked to have learned more of the history of the monastic ruins but were short on time. We walked to the upper lake, which was beautiful, and we only wished we had more time to spend hiking in... More

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Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you're into medieval history, this is worth a stop. Would have been nicer with a guided tour to explain things, but you're seeing the ruins of a monastic settlement that's been there for centuries, and it's free!

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Auburn, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you've got a good imagination, you can erase the hoards of people here and imagine this early monastic site -- that has been pretty well preserved -- and it's rich, long history. Check out the graveyard, and the round tower. These were especially interesting to me.

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