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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Address: Visitor Centre, Ireland
Phone Number: 0404/45325
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the...
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Here with a group of 90 and had a very enjoyable morning walking along the very well maintained paths to the upper lake and the miners village. Good toilet facilities and a nearby tea/coffee bar at reasonable prices. Appears to be well used all the year long - well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Came with my partner they take opw cards which was great did a tour and seen a video about the settlement which was very interesting walks are beautiful very peaceful

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Moscow, Russia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Nice place for walks and picnics. As usually family friendly environment. And rather good small food place at Upper lake parking. Marvelous views, scenic old monastery

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Dublin, Ireland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I spent two nights in The Glendalough Hotel so I found myself walking through the old ruins a few times over while on route back to hotel from walk. It was raining for most of my trip but this only added to the feel of this beautiful place. Next time I come here I will book a tour and find... More 

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Calgary
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56 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The mists hung over the hills around us as we wandered through the cemetery and monastery ruins. This setting is the serene, mystic Ireland of legends. This was a highlight of our tour of Britain, Scotland and Ireland as this valley makes me feel the ancient history. There is a hotel on the property and I would love to return... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Located about one hour south of Dublin, Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains offers absolutely gorgeous mountain views. There are 2 lakes to walk around and plenty of hiking trails. In addition, there is the main monastic site that was founded in the 6th century. These monastic grounds are great to explore for anyone who enjoys ancient lands. There is also... More 

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Staatsburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Glendalough (pronounced `Glen-da-lock' and meaning `Glen of the Two Lakes') is fascinating journey well worth taking. For the history enthusiast, Glendalough is the site of St. Kevin's monastery which he founded in 545 AD in a valley which previously had been held sacred to the mother goddess by the pagans of Ireland. Once you are there you can understand perfectly... More 

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Livonia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Excellent place to view the past. Staff very friendly and helpful. First stop on our Ireland trip...wonderful. As an American, the idea of long history is 400 years. Here you are seeing 4000 years. WOW.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

An interesting place to visit. The tower and small St Kevin's church are well preserved and the surrounding gravestones tell a story of the people who have lived in the area for many centuries.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Clonmacnoise of the east and just as amazing. Can be fairly busy due to it's proximity to Dublin. Really beautiful setting. Missed the visitors centre as it's a little bit confusing going in. Worth going.

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