Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village

With historical sites, walking trails, rock climbing, fishing, and swimming, Wicklow Mountains National Park offers a great day out. Explore Glendalough—valley of two lakes—a 3 km (1.9 mi) tract of verdant greenery, which contains many important ancient buildings and ruins. Visit the monastic city, a series of partially ruined buildings that made up the monastery, which was founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century. Here you can see the gateway, the round tower, the cathedral, the priest's house, St. Kevin's kitchen, and St. Kieran's church. Visit the upper lake, and walk one the many trails that wend their way through woods, bogs, grasslands, heath, and scree. For rock climbers, try the cliff faces at Miners' Road and bouldering in upper Glendalough. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Wicklow Mountains National Park and many more Vale of Glendalough attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • We drive through Wicklow National Park on our road to Dublin. It was nice. The truth is that I was expected more but we didn't walk at all so it's very likely that we didn't see most of it.  more »
  • This is such a beauty it is hard to describe. Loved driving through the gaps and viewing "Guiness Lake" and the sheep munching away on the mountainside was such a bonus. A short drive from Dublin and ...  more »
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park is a must for everyone visiting Ireland or for someone who lives here. Visited this place several times in past 11 years and every day spend there is really enjoyable. ...  more »
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  • Wicklow is a lovley spot for gentle and moderate walks. The terrain is wet and boggy but the views are amazing.. There are a few well prepared walking tracks which I highly recommend.
  • Beats all. Scenery is stunning. Walks are medium to tough but so worth it. Start in Glendalough and work your way around the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. You'll be delighted you did.
  • Absolutely awesome. I could spend days here learning. My son and I loved it. Everything from hiking to water to sheep. If you have the time I would put this at near the top of your list.
  • Be prepared for weather 'moods'. Nothing else will disappoint whether you go hiking or just for a walk to the lakes. Great for walks , kids and 🐶. Food - sold from stalls and vans. can be pleasing after a long hike or just for a snack. Public toilets near the centre. Parking, one is paid , one is free. Can get busy with tours,families,students around the centre. Can be alone up in the mountains. Perfect day out!
  • Nice to walk in, I say even mothers with her baby doing exercise 😊. You got fresh air nice view. Pity is that this national park has a mono- cultur system so if they cut the tree down you'll see the bold area 🤔

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Where to stay in Vale of Glendalough

Immerse yourself in the Vale of Glendalough's beautiful nature by spending a holiday at one of its picturesque guesthouses or bed and breakfasts. Most travelers come to this valley to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and local accommodations do their best to bring together nature and the comforts of home. There are a number of hotels in the town center. While you'll find more affordable options outside of town, you will probably need access to a car to easily get around the area. Hostels provide a place for backpackers on a budget seeking outdoor adventure.
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