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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

A great outdoors venture for children and adults alike. Beautiful scenery, so much history and mystery everywhere you look. Good walking!!

Thank Tracy T
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Historic and gorgeous location. Worth going visitor centre (you need to buy tickets) if you want to find out the history as there is not too much signage in the monastic site itself. But it is an ancient and beautiful spot with not only the...More

Thank Margaret W
Reviewed April 14, 2017

A beautiful valley. Ruins of a large medieval monastic settlement. Magical place -- when there are not huge crowds and buses. We arrived early on a Sunday sunny morning, and there was a lovely prayer service with chanting happening in one of the old tiny...More

Reviewed April 13, 2017

The ruins are interesting enough and the walk up to the top lake and back is easy. It's a good location to take some photos. From the top lake there are some long hiking trails which have the bonus of taking you away from the...More

1  Thank PaulHFromCranley
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

This is definitely one my favourite places in Ireland. It's a must that you do the lake walks, especially the white loop trail as this is the one that brings you up along the mountain ridge and around the back and down the other side...More

Thank lazyfaceman
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I used to come here when I was young and then stopped but when I got married and my wife is a keen photographer and artist we came up here a few years ago and have not stopped coming. it’s such a peaceful place. You...More

Thank DJCass
Reviewed April 10, 2017

You need good weather to be in the Wicklow mountains but on a good day you wont want to leave. It is free to stroll around all the historic parts that are signposted and explained on notices as you walk and adventure threw its picturesque...More

Thank jackie f
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I am A native of Ireland but this is my first time visiting this location. Shame on me. Very beautiful setting and great amenity for both tourists and locals alike. Offers an opportunity to get up close with a national treasure dating back to the...More

Thank 2BSure2BSure
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

We drove down here with our 5 year old and did a nature walk with him got some lovely pictures as well as the most amazing burger and chips half way through the walk. It was a bit chilly but we were dressed well which...More

Thank Tazz B
Reviewed April 8, 2017

This is a great place to walk on a wet day. There's a paved path to both lakes. We enjoyed exploring the old monastery ruins.

Thank Patty Z
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July 27, 2017|
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Response from JamesMcAlister72 | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge, sorry. That doesn't mean there are none, I am just not in need of one. The visitor centre number is +353 (0) 404 45325. Have a great visit!
Dave W
October 19, 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
September 4, 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!