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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

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 3 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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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Reviewed 6 days ago

Glendalough is a small valley in Wicklow Mountains National Park containing the ruins of a monastic settlement, Lower and Upper Lake, and several hiking trails. We parked in the first parking lot near Lower Lake and the Visitor Center, since that’s where most of the...More

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

Glendalough area was my favourite in our short trip to Dublin and its surroundings. Glendalough Monastic Settlement was very spiritual place with its buildings, and plants growing in between stones, graveyard and trees casting shadows over names that have partially faded away. We happened to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Sallis K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on September 25th and it was our first stop after arriving in Dublin. It was the perfect way to kick off our Ireland vacation. It takes a little over an hour to get from Dublin airport to Glendalough (slightly more if you are...More

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

This ancient monastic settlement is truly worth seeing because you can understand what these monks did to preserve and save some of the information of western civilization during the Middle Ages. The visitor center has a very nice exhibit as well as a good video...More

Date of experience: October 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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