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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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South Orange, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was the highlight of our trip. We only wish we had gotten there in time for a tour. We roamed the site by ourselves.

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Bronx, New York
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163 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The medieval monastery at Glendalough was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Today it serves many purposes: religious pilgrimages, archaeological studies and a tourist site. There is a full service modern hotel on the property, a snack bar, a souvenir shop, a hot food stand and there is even a store that sells art & crafts and woolens.... More

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Tramore, Ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Haven't been to Glendalough for many years - the scenery and walks are the highlights. The ruins are interesting but there is very little information/ history provided either on the website or in/around the ruins (visitor centres are not for me). The signage and maps need significant improvement.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I love going to places that have a history about them so this attraction was right up my street, it's fantastic setting really gets the mind wondering about its history, also the BBQ burgers near the hotel are amazing.

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Alexandria, VA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The visitor center had some very nice exhibits but the true worth of a visit to this old monastery is to walk about the ruins and cemetery. Here is a place where you can see Celtic crosses and towers in the same picture shot. The site abuts one of the Irish national parks so you can get some extended walks... More

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Long Valley, NJ
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We had a nice couple of hours wandering around this fantastic place. The view of the settlement as you walk down the paths give you a sense of serenity. The tower and remaining structures certainly provides a unique feature to the landscape. We had a good time walking up to the lakes. There are quite a bit of trails, more... More

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Cannock
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We were in search of Loch Tay when a very nice lady in Wicklow town tourist office gave me a map and suggested Glendalogh would be interesting so we decided on a round trip. There were lots of people around the settlement but not so many on the walk ways around the 2lakes. We went in the morning so the... More

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Hertfordshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is an amazing area - quite incredible that so much has survived. Yes, it does get crowded and difficult for it to be really atmospheric with so many like-minded tourists around but when we walked back later in the afternoon it was quieter. The walks along the lakeside are really lovely. The car park by the visitors centre and... More

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IRELAND
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Glendalough is one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. The ruins of the early monastic settlement and the round tower are really worth a visit , but the real beauty of the area is in the beautiful walks around the lakes and up to St Kevin's Bed. The interpretive centre will give you a Colette history of the area... More

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San Francisco, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
43 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Other reviews complain that this place is crowded and perhaps it is during the day. We arrived in the very late afternoon after wasting our time at formal gardens. The visitors center was closed and there were only two other cars in the lot. We almost decided to leave and I am so happy we stayed for a walk. This... More

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