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Address: Visitor Centre, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 404 45325
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two...

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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Visiting this historic site on a raining fall day brought the history of the place to life. It was easy to imagine the monks wandering the grounds in full robes, hooded against... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The monastic settlement is beautiful and the tower still intact but there's very little signposting or information around to explain what you're looking at and what happened there. If you're not on a tour that makes it difficult. We listened in to one tour group which helped but more info would be useful.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting this historic site on a raining fall day brought the history of the place to life. It was easy to imagine the monks wandering the grounds in full robes, hooded against the weather. The Settlement is a mix of graveyards and ruins. There are enough buildings and structures to give a good sense of the what it might have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 2 lakes and cemetery are spectacular. Apparently episodes of Vikings were filmed here. The afternoon sun in winter and lakes with glass like surfaces make for a magnificent view. A good 3.2 km walk to the second lake is good preparation for a delicious lunch in the restaurant. This place can get packed with tourists especially during school holidays... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited Glendalough as part of an all-day tour tracing the steps of St. Patrick & Catholicism in Ireland. This was 1 of the more interesting stops we made & it gave us a chance to walk at our own pace to see all that's offered here. It was fascinating to hear & read about the settlement of St. Kevin... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is an absolutely beautiful area. Loved the settlement and the cemetery. There are many great hikes into the Wicklow Mountains National Park from here. The visitors center charges a fee but you can use the lavatories for no cost. We parked on the street for free but we were also there in December and it wasn't very busy.

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Worthington, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The first excursion on our tour of Ireland, and what a wonderful start to our journey. So much history all around you, nestled among lush landscapes. Absolutely lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

If you want to see something "half old" you go to the museum. If you want something really old this is the place. The walk to the two lakes around the corner is worth it. Beware of the tracks going uphill - you easily get lost here (our tour guide almost didn't made it back).

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Oh, my goodness...THIS place WAS the stuff of my dreams since before ever visiting Ireland; AND remains to be so very special in my heart, mind, and soul SINCE getting to tour about on foot. Be SURE to wear comfy & waterproof footwear ~ remember that this is IRELAND ~ home of "Saints & Scholars" AND it IS an island... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The monastic settlement is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by a river and the Wicklow mountains. We loved the history and the monastic ruins, and also enjoyed a vigorous walk to the lake and back. Even on a day with temperatures near freezing, the place was full of other visitors enjoying themselves. If you are nearby or planning a trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I went there to see the monastic ruins and wasn't disappointed! It's in places like this you can feel history all around you. The ruins are a wonder to see, and so are the irregular tombstones all around. Would have been delightfully creepy if it wasn't for the great amount of children and dogs running around. The landscape is also... More 

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