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Address: Visitor Centre, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 404 45325
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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A place steeped in history, nature and spirituality, it is just a wonderful area to spend a few hours in.

A place steeped in history, nature and spirituality, it is just a wonderful area to spend a few hours in. If you are in Wicklow, try to take the time to come here and visit... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A place steeped in history, nature and spirituality, it is just a wonderful area to spend a few hours in. If you are in Wicklow, try to take the time to come here and visit the ruins as well as the Upper and Lower Lakes. You'd be crazy to visit Wicklow and miss Glendalough. The evenings are a better time... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting to see the ruins and the tower. The walk through to the lake is lovely. All in all a really nice way to kill an an hour or three.

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Glendalough is a lovely historic and even spiritual place , it has something for everyone, it has the monastic site for the history buffs, the religious/spiritual side for others, the beauty of the lake and it's shore cannot be underestimated and there are some bracing walks that will make sure that everyone will have a good night sleep, be carefull... More 

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Beach Lake, PA
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful scenery in the Wicklow Mountains. Enjoyed the monastic ruins and the walk around the ruins.

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Durham, NC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Glendalough was started in the 5th century and peaked early in the 11th. The stone ruins are what's left, and they're gorgeous. The visitor center has a nice display and movie, worth the time, and the ruins are gorgeous. Ireland did not grow up around cities or towns, it grew up around its monasteries, so communities like Glendalough were critical... More 

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Tipp City, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our time walking around the cemetery and trails. Beautiful grounds and free! Nothing negative about this site except parking but that's Ireland for you. We parked at the hotel right there for I think 5 euro.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely location to visit, both for tourists and locals. Whether it's sunny or raining, you're guaranteed to see people enjoying the scenery. It's a beautiful place, and if you've got the time...i'd advise you go on the long walk and explore.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far our favorite part of the first leg of our trip (Dublin-Blarney). The village is beautiful and like nothing either of us have ever seen before. It is a bit eerie but there are mostly good feelings and amazing sights here. We spent a lot of time walking around and just imagining what it must have looked... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for a tour of the ruins of St Kevin's monastery. Its a beautiful place, not only the ruins where the monks lived in solitude before the Vikings came but also the surrounding countryside is just beautiful. Reminded me of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a beautiful stream meandering through. Loved it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well preserved historic site in the Wicklow mountains. Although the day we visited was overcast and drizzling, we still enjoyed exploring the site and ruins. St Kevin’s church with it’s stacked stone room was remarkable. There is a hotel/bistro adjacent to the carpark and some vendor booths just outside of the site.

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