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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
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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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Beautiful place

A beautiful place to visit. Very serene and picturesque. Really enjoyed walking around the area. There are 2 walks that go either side of the lake. One is 1.4kms through woodland... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Geraldine K
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Rathcormac, Cork, Ireland
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Rathcormac, Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful place to visit. Very serene and picturesque. Really enjoyed walking around the area. There are 2 walks that go either side of the lake. One is 1.4kms through woodland. We took that one. The other walk is 1.6kms that seemed to be in the open air. Interesting to see the graveyard is still being used.

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the many pleasures of visiting Glendalough, (the name means "Valley of two lakes"), is to see the astonishment on the faces of foreign visitors when they see a well-developed settlement from the 6th. and 7th. centuries, with buildings which are unchanged since that time, with very little restoration. They see the round tower, 30.4m high (100ft.) with a... More 

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Thank RoryandAnnaWilson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Glendalough today. The monastic settlement was beautiful. From there we walked up to the upper lake along a fabulous prepared path. The place was spotlessly clean. The walk from the hotel carpal takes around 1 hour return. Well worth doing for the fabulous scenery.

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Thank EvieBears N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful property. VERY busy with tourists. Nice stroll to the upper lake. Nice views. Come early, or risk no parking.

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Thank KLHeaney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I think it's realy nice walk around lakes in beautiful nature. And monastic city is so beautiful and you can feel history. But there were so many people...

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Thank Lucka K
Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I arrived at the Monastic Site of Glendalough on my third day of walking the Wicklow Way. After walking mostly in solitude for the previous days this attraction struck me as very touristy because it was absolutely buzzing with people. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting historic ecclesiastical settlement and a great outdoor activity as you get to freely walk... More 

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Thank Tirell
County Kildare, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can you say - great views, great walks, great for the kids to run through trees, great for dog and it's all for free. Bring a lunch and have a picnic - great day out

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite spot for photography in our week in Ireland. Spectacular beauty; centuries old ruins and historic graveyard make the possibilities endless.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great representation of walled monastic historical time. I believe they also nicknamed it the seven churches due to different construction over time in the area. Interesting ancient grave stones and monastery tower. Good historic information and hot coffee at the shop on a rainy day. Lots of bus trips as is a site many on tour will want to see.

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Thank MikeJennyQ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got to the site 9:30 AM and almost had the site to ourselves. By 11:00 it was quite crowded on our way back to the car park after walking along the lakes (the tour busses were rolling in). If you're a shutterbug who likes to take pictures of ancient sites without throngs of people, get there early. Grounds are... More 

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