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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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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: 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Visitor Centre, Ireland
+353 404 45325
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

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

Thank MarineChris81
Reviewed 13 July 2016

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.

Thank Texsun13
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Lobed exploring around the ruins. Would definitely suggest doing this along with the lakes and mountain trails in Glendalough where there are a couple of other ruins to see

Thank MissJLG10
Reviewed 11 July 2016

It's a beautiful area. I really hope you have a chance to take a hike as well as visiting the monastic settlement!

Thank wannago2
Reviewed 11 July 2016

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.

Thank dekalbill
Reviewed 10 July 2016

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

Thank Dublin3
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

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

Thank glascnoic
Reviewed 10 July 2016

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

Thank Island-Seeker0
Reviewed 9 July 2016

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

Thank luvtravel88
Reviewed 9 July 2016

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

Thank cookpias
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Dave W
Is it baby-buggy friendly?
20 October 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I would say, yes at least most of it.
What hours is the visitor center open? (November)
5 September 2016|
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Response from denali41 | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so we have no clue. Sorry!
how far away is it from dublin
13 June 2016|
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Response from emp_ireDubllin | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Glendalough is approx 1 hour away from Dublin or 51.7km. You can hire a car and drive or get a bus or coach trip (which run frequently) Enjoy!