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“Lovely Site and Friendly Visitor Centre”

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Wicklow and Glendalough Tour from Dublin
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Fee: No
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.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Lovely Site and Friendly Visitor Centre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was the first stop that my husband and I made after arriving at the Dublin Airport. The settlement and the surrounding park is very beautiful and peaceful. If you have any intention of visiting other monastic sites around Ireland, it is important that you visit Glendalough first as nearly every other site utilizes Glendalough as a frame of reference. The visitor centre is very nice and the staff is wonderfully helpful and friendly. For our first interaction in Ireland, we couldn't have selected a better introduction.

Visited September 2013
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“ONE OF IRELAND'S GREAT TOURIST SITES”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Glendalough, a really nice peaceful place, I have been here twice and it is beautiful.

the main attractions are the monastic buildings and the round tower, there are also 2 lakes within walking distance. this is also a burial ground and there are a lot of headstones around the site.

access around the site is difficult at times as there are steps and rough ground so challenging for people with kids in buggies etc....

overall well worth the visit and the views are good.

Visited October 2013
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Indiana
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“Peaceful, Historic and Very Pretty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Taking a short walk, you will cross a bridge over a lovely little brook and gaze upon the ruins you are about to visit. Walking among the ruins and old (and not so old) grave markers is an interesting and peaceful experience. Most ruins have a sign explaining the structure's history. The path leading to the 2 lakes is beautiful as you walk past the green tree and fern filled hillside. We took the boardwalk back and found it disappointingly bland, so you may consider walking out and back to the lakes on the hillside path. At the 2nd lake you can take a short uphill hike to a pretty waterfall. We spent about 2 hours doing all of this.

BEWARE! There are signs posted everywhere in the parking area and in the Visitor Center advising you to leave nothing of value in your car.

Visited September 2013
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“picturesque and fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is such an amazing site! It's so incredibly scenic and beautiful there. I love that they don't put much signage or direction at the actual settlement so you can get a better feel for the site. I thought the visitor center was definitely worth the 2 or 3 euros it cost to get in, because it really gives you great information about the monastic site and what exactly was going on there in the height of its power.

Also, be sure to walk down to the lakes that are nearby. The path is an easy walk and it is an absolutely amazing and picturesque view.

Visited September 2013
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“Peaceful beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

The site is amazing! I can understand why the monks traveled so far to serve god in this place! The lakes are amazing and peaceful. You are surrounded by these green majestic hills. The Abby and ruins are nestled in the valley with a slow moving stream nearby. The cemetery in full of beautifully sculpted Celtic crosses and head stone. This is a place that takes your breath away and fills you with a serene peacefulness!

Visited August 2013
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