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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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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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“upper lake” (193 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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"round tower"
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"upper lake"
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"visitor center"
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"car park"
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"day trip"
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"tour buses"
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"ancient ruins"
in 14 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 37 reviews
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"walking trails"
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"interesting history"
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"beautiful area"
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"natural beauty"
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"county wicklow"
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"on site"
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Reviewed yesterday

We took a beautiful walk up the mountain and around the lake. There were many places to stop and just soak in the scenery. The hike we chose had a lengthy, steep incline which provided a surprising challenge right off the bat, but was totally...More

Thank Kyle D
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An early Christian settlement in Ireland, this is a very interesting site, but it would have been even better if there had been more information about the buildings we were looking at, either in the form of storyboards or a leaflet which we would have...More

Thank Jane J
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited as part of a bust tour and could have spent 3 to 4 hours here. The history is very interesting as well as the picturesque views of the lakes. We did have a guided tour with our bus/tour guide. I am not sure...More

Thank Chrisyberg
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This beautiful valley and ruins of this old monastic settlement make for a relaxing stop while in this part of Ireland. Beautiful setting and fantastic ruins.

Thank Ardiner
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Perhaps if was because this was our first day in Ireland but the monastic settlement continues to stand out in my mind as the highlight of our trip. I loved the setting, and the historic concepts set forth here. We had and excellent guide who...More

Thank John V
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful and easy walk to the twin lakes. The ruins are ruins, unfortunately not labeled, so you don't know what you're actually looking at. May 2017.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have been to Glendalough many times from childhood to advanced adulthood, I never knew there was this monastic treasure. There are loads of easy walks you can do, including children & I even saw leashed dogs. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful from every direction....More

Thank IRL48
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the beauty and history of this site. We only allowed two hours for our visit, but could have spend much more time there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our 9 day Irish bus tour we saw some beautiful places and this was near the top. Beautiful area and well preserved considering how old it is. Another place we could have used more time at and if it was at the beginning of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a beautiful family day in Glendalough, adults, children and grandparents. It was quite busy and took a while to get parking but after that was fantastic time for all. We walked down to the lakes and had a picnic on one of the...More

Thank evely016
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suejeanne1
June 17, 2018|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not sure. I would assume there is a bus service. Google irish bus services. I live in Northern Ireland and drove to site. Hope this helps.
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frothychocy
June 5, 2018|
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Response from Éimear O | Reviewed this property |
Dogs on a lead only - never off the lead, as the farmers have sheep throughout the area.
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chelseasly
May 19, 2018|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a carpark past site. A walk of ten minutes. From north of dublin should only take a hour max on motorway. Hope this helps
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