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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed September 3, 2016

A local shop clerk cued us into this area, saying that it is her family's favorite place to hike in the Wicklow area. It offers a range of trails around two lakes and an old monastery. Much of this is forested. We limited ourselves to...More

Thank PJA32608
Reviewed September 3, 2016

I was told of this place by our B&B hostess and it was not on my itinerary, but as was glad i went, it is a beautiful and peaceful. Lovely scenery and historical background. Definately worth the visit.

Thank babs320
Reviewed September 2, 2016

Read the gravestones . Soak up the atmosphere . Walk to the lakes and the waterfall. Would have liked more information on buildings . Lovely hotel at entrance

Thank andyclutt
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here yesterday as I hadn't been since I was very young. It's so beautiful. The views are stunning & the history very interesting. It's a great way to pass a few hours & we loved the selection in the souvenir shop.

Thank Cheekie_cat
Reviewed August 31, 2016

Like most Irish monasterys the location was chosen for its peaceful nature and even with hundreds of tourists around you can still get a scene of why the site was used for centuries. Was here on a sunny day so that might have helped. Lots...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed August 30, 2016

We drove to Glendalough from Dublin (less than an hour). It's so peaceful and the walk to the lakes is just beautiful. Be sure to go to both of them. Ranked high on our list of favorites!

Thank V1778XPkathleenb
Reviewed August 30, 2016

And about, always astounded by the beauty and calm of this neck of the woods. Yes it is out of the way but well worth the time it takes to land here.

Thank padraigboylan666
Reviewed August 29, 2016

Allow yourself plenty of timeto do the monestry justice plus make sure you have plenty photo space on your camera as there is plenty things of interest to shoot.Happy hunting

Reviewed August 28, 2016

If you are really pressed for time, spend it at the grave yard and stone buildings. Morning sun is perfect for pix, with the mountains as a backdrop. The main path then leads to the information house (small white building with green trim) about 15...More

Thank Frederick G
Reviewed August 25, 2016 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...More

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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!