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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
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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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The monastic settlement at Glendalough is so well preserved! It was a beautiful place to visit. Worth a stop. Didn't take long to visit the area but I could have walked around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The monastic settlement at Glendalough is so well preserved! It was a beautiful place to visit. Worth a stop. Didn't take long to visit the area but I could have walked around again and again. Ireland is full of wonderful places like this. The country takes such pride and care! We did a self guided tour, and didn't go to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I love visiting the Glendalough area and occasionally frequent the ruins and ancient cemetery. The site is a phenomenal testament to the skills of the early inhabitants of the area and well worth a visit for anyone from outside the country who is travelling around. It's a pity to see the affects of erosion within the cemetery and the authorities... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth the drive from Dublin. I've only been to Glendalough in the dead of winter. I've been in pouring rain and foggy cold and I love it! The wooded setting gives you the feeling of being on a place apart. The guides, like those at so many Irish historic sites, know their place well. Even though they must tell... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

an excellent way to get a feel for ancient Celtic Ireland. A soft combination of history, ancient Christianity and nature. Beautiful forests and excellent for short or long hiking. A fantastic setting and gateway to the Wicklow mountains and a short trip from Dublin - under an hour. Plenty of local BnBs is you need to stay and historic hotels.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Spent a day here with the family. Did a couple of the walking trails had a picnic and just marvelled at the beauty of the place . Well worth the visit

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A lovely and well-preserved historical and religious site. Beautiful surroundings, architecturally interesting, and breathtakingly beautiful. My only disappointment was with the monitoring of the site by any stewards. When we were visiting, we were shocked to see that many parents were NOT monitoring their children and the children were CLIMBING on top of the ancient walls, unchecked. This beautiful setting... More 

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Clonmel, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Signposted walking trails and 2 beautiful lakes and a monastic settlement with a long history if this is your thing you'll love it. Parking, food & bathroom facilities provided.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Loved this with the kids Did the sights and then the walks with the kids Lovely cafe at the halfway mark Weather was lovely and the kids enjoyed it all

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is on all of the lists of must sees in Ireland for a reason. The drive up to Glendalough itself is spectacular with ever-changing scenery from Ashford all the way to the visitor centre. My girlfriend and I arrived after the visitor centre had closed our first time and we made our own way up to the site. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Differently a place to spend a good day of walking and be outside, totally worth it, the settlement is nothing spectacular

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