Do not go in to the visitor centre. They charge you €4 for a 20 min film and access to an exhibit. Turn left before the centre and hit the trails. Come early to avoid the crowds. The upper lake is beautiful
About Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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We enjoyed visiting the ruins here in Glendalough, but our favorite part was walking the trails around the lake. The ruins themselves are very crowded, yet the lakes felt very peaceful and serene. This is a beautiful place to stop and explore.
Striking round tower, buildings from the 10-12th century, cemetery with huge crosses all located in a serene location with a nearby lake. The visitors center provides lots of information before your walk to the site and surroundings.
Yes, Glendalough is a tourist mecca with the parking lot filled with tour buses, but there is so much to see and do here it is easy to avoid the crowds. Most tourists only take in the monastic ruins, which should be seen, of course,...More
We just love going to Glendalough. Every year we come with the kids and a packed lunch. Kids love the walk and exploring all around. The round tower and church is lovely and glad still in good condition. The views around are fab. We also...More
The most atmospheric place to imbibe something of Ireland's Celtic monasticism. It is very full of tourist buses - go early - but if you can avoid these, it's a fascinating place to explore, wandering through the ruins and along the pretty river. Oh yes...More
The Monastic City was founded in the 6th Century by St. Kevin and was used as a Monastery for centuries. Many ruins remain including sections of a Cathedral, a round tower, a kitchen and a Priest's Burial site. The area is surrounded by a cemetery...More
This place has great history attached to it, and the remaining buildings are very moving. You really get the sense of the remoteness and difficulties for the early Christians. There is no cost, except for the Visitor Center. It is placed in a beautiful valley...More