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Vale of Glendalough
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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...more
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a beautiful late afternoon starting at the upper lake of Glendalough. Highly recommend walking some of the trails throughout. Take a deep breath and relax in this beautiful area of water, trails and the remains of the monastic settlement. We went with a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank makua
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed in the Glendalough hotel, which was comfortable with good facilities. It is situated adjacent to the monastic settlement, with a stream bubbling alongside. so that many of the facilities are accessed over a bridge. The ancient monastic site, the lakes, woods and Wicklow...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ian l
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nestled amongst the Wicklow Mountains is Glendalough (which really translates as “Valley of two lakes”). Apart from the lakes, walking trails and scenery there is an old monastic site and graveyard on a hill near one of the lakes which is a bit eerie (in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 703grahamr
Reviewed 1 week ago

nice day out. Nice easy walk area for all the family. Bit of a drive from Dublin but worth it. Few different walking paths and is a nice afternoon outdoors. well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mike F
Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting ruin of an old church, round tower and extensive old graveyard set in a very scenic area with walks available. Highly recommend this site.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MarionRuthM
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure how anyone could rate Glendalough at less than 5 stars. As both a significant monastic site and a wonderful nature preserve with trails for every fitness level, this area provides unmatched calm, tranquility and natural beauty. We hiked to the upper lake, spent...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Denny O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The site is full of natural beauty. It’s an easy walk from the visitors centre to the monastic ruins. The backdrop is gorgeous. Toilets available st the visitors centre.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Christine_Lily2
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of 55 people who visited this very special Monastic Settlement in Sept. 2019. It is a truly magnificent place which has a very serene atmosphere about it. Most interesting and very well preserved.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Maureen F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you have a limited amount of time, like we did, it is worth stopping and walking through the ruins. You get a true sense of history at this site.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank AJLIllinois
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the weekend & at peak times when it’s thronged with visitors it can be difficult to experience the beauty & serenity. However pick an early morning/ late afternoon out of season and you fully understand why St Kevin choose this spot. Well worth it!

Date of experience: October 2019
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April 21, 2019|
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Response from boudewijnl2015 | Reviewed this property |
No charges there but for the carpark. On busy days a car park is hard to find.
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Response from justme2Georgia | Reviewed this property |
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