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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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We went to Glendalough as an optional tour and wish we had extra time. Our guide provided us some very interesting information along the route from Dublin (about an hour drive... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to Glendalough as an optional tour and wish we had extra time. Our guide provided us some very interesting information along the route from Dublin (about an hour drive) and at the burial grounds. Afterwards we had a hour extra time and took a nice walk to the upper lake along the walking path. Wish we had some... More 

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Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Travelled through the Wicklow Mountains down to the Monastic Settlement. There are lots of different walk trails to follow, but the best for me was the remains of the monastic buildings. I wouldn't recommend the settlement area for wheelchair users as you can't access the buildings but the trails are Tarmac and have suitable access so no one should miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a lovely day here. Very peaceful and a great spot for a picnic. During the week parking is free. At weekends it's about €4. We didn't do an official tour, walked it ourselves and had a great time.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our visit to Glendalough Monastic Settlement was interesting and educational, and it really kept me busy with my camera. This cultural treasure offers photo ops everywhere you look. It is also extremely popular and can get very crowded. We were there on a Saturday when students were admitted free of charge. The parking lots were jammed (so many buses!) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a number of walks you can do around the 2 lakes and up the hillside if you're able. It's great for families, groups or couples. Loads of areas to have picnics or just sit and relax. The scenery is amazing; green as far as the eye can see!

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the monastic settlement at Glendalough. The visitor center area reminded us a bit of the Jordan Pond House/Acadia National Park, Maine visitor area because of the tour buses dropping off hordes of people who just want photos of the one main area. So walk. Walk and keep going. Try to make it to the Upper Lake area. The... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Glendalough is a good place to combine your interest inthe history of Ireland with the need of communing with nature. An old monastic centre, with preserved/restored churches and a small cemetery with mysterious Celtic crosses sheds some life on the life of monks in the Middle Ages. A good guide will tell you the legends connected with the place. After... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful area. There is a little bit of everything. If you park in the upper parking lot, which I recommend, you have a nice short walk through the woods and past the lakes before you get to the actual site. There are many Celtic crosses and ruins. It is very old and the history is interesting and... More 

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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went shortly after it opened. Very nice historic site. The walk to the lake was very nice to see St Kevin's cave, where we would mediate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is such a beautiful and interesting spot! We had a very good tour guide that worked there and she made it all very clear about the history. Then the walk to the upper lake was really wonderful! I highly recommend a visit!

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