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“This was incredible.”

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Kilkenny and Wicklow Day Tour from Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
elizabeth, colorado
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“This was incredible.”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

What a treat to have such a well preserved piece of history. Although there are lots of slightly more modern tombstones, there are several buildings well preserved from hundreds of years ago. Also, walking around on the trails is very tranquil and we enjoyed very much.

Visited July 2012
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“Nice day out of Dublin”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

This was our first stop on our drive around Ireland after leaving Dublin and its scenic location and tower in excellent condition make it a well-recommended visit. Do walk from the monastic site to the upper lake: maybe a 25 minute walk (flat). Good restroom facilities. We had lunch in the hotel beside the site and to our surprise found it neither very busy nor expensive (food was average though). The drive through the Wickoow mountains to get to and from the site was perhaps an even greater highlight and one I am not sure one can get if joining a bus tour since with a car you can pull over and get out to take it in.

Visited September 2012
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“Glendalough Monastic Settlement”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Unfortunately, this was our first stop after arriving at Dublin airport and it was pouring rain. I would recommend visiting this historic site on a clear day. That said, we braved the foul weather and were glad we did. Still a place of pilgrimage to this day, it is renowned as an early medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. It was partially destroyed in 1398 by English troops. The surviving buildings date back to between the 10th and 12th centuries. Due to the weather, we only explored the monuments in the lower valley. Would definitely recommend spending time walking about these incredible ruins and would love to return on a clear day and visit the upper lake.

Visited June 2012
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Glendaloch is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland.It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops.

Visited September 2012
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“fun afternoon”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Spend the afternoon exporing the ruins and grave sites of those from long ago. There are so many cool photograph opportunties! There are walking trails, we didn't even get to that part, but it looked like they weren't too hard. There were some cute shops and a lovely little bistro.

Visited September 2012
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