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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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Lovely and Serene

This was our first stop after leaving Dublin our first day in Ireland and it was a beautiful introduction to the country. Gorse bushes were in full bloom along the creek and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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132 reviews 132 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was our first stop after leaving Dublin our first day in Ireland and it was a beautiful introduction to the country. Gorse bushes were in full bloom along the creek and the area was mysterious and magical. We took the short walk to St Kevin's church and visited the monastic ruins and ancient graveyard. The other visitors were friendly... More 

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

WE enjoyed the presentation at the Visitor's Center - History of St. Kevin and the monastery - also enjoyed walking the grounds and seeing the Ruins. After that we took an awesome two hour hike - from the Visitor Center to Upper Lake and back again. It had rained most of the day and the streams / waterfalls were flowing... More 

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Moncton, NB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

While walking through the Monastic Settlement, from the sanctity stone to the old cathedral, I found this place to be peaceful and serene. It was beautiful. I wish I would have had more time here to wander the trails surrounding the area.

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Shelter Island, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I booked a bus tour to go to Kilkenney, and I didn't even know we were visiting Glendalough until we arrived. I got off the bus and was transported into the past. It was amazing. The fog was rolling in, it was dead of winter, and I didn't even feel the cold. I fell in love with this place. The... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Interesting ancient monastic settlement with a very good example of the round towers. Old graveyard is interesting with some nice examples of the Celtic cross. Very much worth a visit if in the area.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Name is very much deserved, beautiful surroundings, lovely walks, always a buzz with tourists and locals, do as little or as much as you want, the secenery everywhere is just spectacular, for the adventurous amongst you, scale the heights and you will be rewarded with breath taking results which would rival any scene across the globe, and if your feeling... More 

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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Go early or late to miss the buses and you will be rewarded by a peaceful long walk and the time to appreciate the age of the settlement and the beauty of the lake paths.

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Such a picturesque place! It was so nice to just walk and explore the grounds... It was quite busy so there was some noise but that didn't spoil our travels.. Lovely quiet afternoon... Definitely reccomend!

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Powder Springs, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This probably offers everything you hoped to see in Ireland. As you drive south out of Dublin through the Wicklow Mountains you will see sweeping vistas. Hills dotted with the golden bracken gorse bushes. Sheep graze and then you glimpse the tower. Glendalough is an ancient monastic settlement. A round tower provided shelter from marauders. Four church ruins are within... More 

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Buckinghamshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Fantastic ancient site with beautiful walks around the loughs and through the woodland. I would thoroughly recommend this for couples and families - great picnic opportunities too. Very unspoilt with the right mix of ample parking but not too much commercialism. Highly recommended.

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