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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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Easy day trip from Dublin

The St. Kevin's bus (stop across from the Mansion House on Dawson st) takes you to the visitor's center and then returns several hours later. Be prepared for variable weather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The St. Kevin's bus (stop across from the Mansion House on Dawson st) takes you to the visitor's center and then returns several hours later. Be prepared for variable weather; the day I was there a series of quick fronts moved through so the weather alternated between gale-force winds with driving rain and sunny. The walk to the upper lake... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Just completed a spectactular 13km walk around Grendalough. it took ~3 hours and the views and scenery were out of this world..... well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Visited here over the Easter weekend. We got there early so didn't have any have trouble in finding parking. Great spot for a walk with all levels catered for. Gets busy in the afternoon though.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

April in Ireland can be cold. Very cold!! But sometimes this cold weather can work to your advantage. Like taking a trip to Glendalough. Ruins of an ancient monastic settlement (a church and round tower) and two beautiful lakes. What sets Glendalough apart from some places is the sheer abundance of photo opportunities. And on cold days these photos become... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It was really nice to see this. Beautiful place to take long walks and the surroundings were awesome. So i really recommend this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Certainly a worthwhile place to visit. The hikes are lovely. The ruins are extremely interesting and you can walk amongst them. The visitor's center doesn't seem to be quite up to par with the attractions itself (some staff do not seem happy working with the public).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Some nice places for a walk or picnic. It's well maintained has toilets. It can be very busy here so might be best to go early. It is expensive for tea and coffee so it's best to bring your own.

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Arklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We visit Glendalough on a regular basis - first visit was in 2002 when my children were still small. Fabulous place, regardless of what time of the year it is. Great walks, beautiful scenery and very accessible with buggies. Clean toilet facilities and great food at the Glendalough Hotel. Just awesome..... Great for a day out with children of all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Beautiful National Park based in Co. Wicklow. Free walk area all the way up to Lake. Different levels of walks. Higher one gets a little tougher but is still really accessable. View spectacular from top. A lovely day out - bring picnic and enjoy nature at its best.! Drive home through the Wicklow Gap to complete your day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The history of Ireland is amazing and summed up nicely by the staff at Glendalough. St. Kevin's church, the old graves. Well worth a visit

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