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Review of Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
Visitor Centre, Ireland
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, this place is a treasure. The visitor center has a short movie, an exhibition and then a guided tour to the monastic settlement. We spent 2 hours walking and listening to the guide. Wonderful views of the mountains. The day was nice and clear. We arrived early and avoided the tourist as we left we saw 2 full tour buses and more people coming.

Visited April 2014
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“Travel back in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It rained almost the whole time we were there and while it was quite inconvenient for us to hold our umbrellas,tread on the sometimes muddy trails and at the same time try to take pictures for future memories, we were not discouraged and did a more than two hours tour of the ground. Indeed the hazy background, the chill, and all the ruins from the medieval ages sent us back in time to feel what it was like when St. Kevin and the rest started the cultivate this land back in the 6th century. Though one may tend to think about the hardship associated with living in the wild which could probably be the case, I somehow feel that this is a heavenly surrounding as there are two lakes, hills with lots of greens thus making the basic necessity for food probably a lesser concern back then. In fact even on the day we were there, we saw deers grazing on the pasture. The environment put those of us from the concrete jungles back in touch with nature in its purest form. It is a good opportunity for us to reminisce our past history and think about our future. I would recommend that you try to visit on a clear and sunny day which would give you a more pleasant and leisurely walk and more scenic views . And do take a tour of the display at the visitor's centre as it would give you an overview of the site and its history before you start your venture.

Visited August 2013
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“Love this gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

I visited this spot on my first trip to Ireland almost 20 years ago. I recently went back and I just love it. It's such a lovely walk and the scenery is breathtaking. A walk to the lake is a must. It's just gorgeous.

The cemetery is very interesting to walk through.

A great day trip from Dublin.

Visited May 2014
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“Outstanding on a warm summer day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I'd never been to the upper lake before.
It was like a mini Yosemite !

Downsides are the access roads which are narrow and a bit tricky with cars coming both ways, but it was surreally relaxing walking the area before the lake...
It was busy, but the 4euro charge for the upper lake car park is nothing and well worth it if it was 10euro.

Visited May 2014
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“History and nature combined.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Spent a lovely time with the family walking around the monastic ruins surrounded by the magical beauty of the area.
We only had a couple of hours to spend there but could easily have spent the entire day walking and enjoying the area.
The visitor centre is well worth a visit as it is very informative and the short video well worth viewing before viewing the ruins. There is a cost but we felt the family ticket we purchased well worth the money.
Car parking is free and lunch in the hotel was good and reasonably priced. There is also a kiosk if you do not wish to utilize the hotel.
There are many picnic tables for use throughout the gardens and it was nice to see them being utilized by many visitors.
Will have no hesitation revisiting on my next trip to Ireland

Visited May 2014
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