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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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Red Deer, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This settlement is a must-see if you're out near Wicklow. You have a great view of the Wicklow mountains, and the gravestones and remains of the monastic settlement are absolutely beautiful. You can also take a short walk down to the vale of Glendalough which is one of the most beautiful sites I saw in all of Ireland.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I took a half day trip with daytoursunplugged from Dublin, Ireland. It was a small group tour (less than 10 people in my group), so it was nice to get to know the group as well as experience the sights together. It was a lovely chance to get out of the city and explore a bit! I loved it enough... More

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kilkenny, ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful relaxing spot for a tranquil walk. Lovely scenery. Highly recommend it for couples, families or groups. Lakes are very pretty and the boardwalk is an added extra.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our touring group of 45 had a scheduled stop here. What a beautiful area with so much to photograph. Lots of people around so it's a little challenging to capture anything without a person in the shot. Overall, very enjoyable and worth a stop if in the area.

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The group took a day trip to wicklow national park and stumbled on to Glendalough town. We drove across old stone bridge. Then walk around the old tower, graveyard and church. We walk to lower lake taking trail not board walk (shorter 1.4 K and up hill). If you have a car drive to Wicklow National Park mountains then stop... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This place gets really crowded however there are wide paths to walk on. The graveyard and round tower are easily explored on foot. As there are many monastic ruins throughout Ireland this is close to Dublin and easy to find should you rent a car. A nice way to spend a few hours in the country side.

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Susan Weckbaugh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I had been here back in 1981 when it was less commercialized, no visitor center (although not very obtrusive). A time when you felt the fairies all around and the Deerstone was attempted by all for good luck. But still, if you come before noon and the tour busses, there is a magic in the old monastic ruins and walking... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We like to visit Glendalough. Such a beautiful place and surroundings. We especially like to take the walks through the surrounding area. This time we took the 3 mile walk out to the mines ruins. Well we thought the sign said 3 mile round trip. but after an hour or so it dawned on us that it was 3 miles... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The settlement is really interesting but a bit more information about it would have been helpful. We took a walk around the lower lake after visiting the settlement and decided to move on as we wanted to drive to the Sally Gap. However on the way back we had some time and it was such a beautiful day decided to... More

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

As a teenager I went here on a school trip and my friends and I had so much fun! The trails were beautiful and the lake view was amazing!

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