Glendalough Cathedral, Vale of Glendalough

Religious Site · Architectural Building
Nestled in a picturesque location between two lakes, Glendalough Cathedral offers a slice of the region's religious history. Founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century, the historical complex attracts hoards of day-trippers from Dublin, just an hour away. Much of the settlement's appeal lies in its scenic natural setting, its two pristine lakes ringed by dense woodlands, green pastures, and rugged tops of the nearby Wicklow Mountains. You can hike around the lakes, following a well-marked trail between the monastic ruins. Be sure to take a short break at the visitor center, which provides background information about the settlement through informative exhibits and brief video presentations. By using our Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary maker app, you can arrange your visit to Glendalough Cathedral and other attractions in Vale of Glendalough.
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  • It is not a place to rush through it with your mobile doing what your eyes dont. It is a place to enjoy at your leasure, not only the monastic settlement, but mainly the walk to the lakes. And when...  more »
  • We visited here here in October not expecting much in the way of good weather. The day of our visit the weather was lovely - nice and sunny!! The views were simply stur, especially Upper Lake. A must....  more »
  • historic village at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Great bit of history combined with a pleasant walk around the lakes. Good way to spend a morning or afternoon and not too far from Dublin.  more »
  • St. Kevin sure did have the right idea by living as a hermit in this gorgeous place. Very cool history, so many beautiful trails to walk around. Definitely worth a stop if you have the time to mosey around.
  • Beautiful and rich in history! It's such a serene area and there's even a walking trail that goes on for kilometers. Hire a guide to find out about the history or just meander on your own and take in the breathtaking sights.
  • Very interesting. Great intro movie to begin your visit. Very old graveyard to photograph. I could have spent all day there. If I go again, it will be with a B&W 35mm camera with me, and a slew of filters!!
  • I loved the Glendalough valley. So breathtakingly beautiful! The ruins are really cool. Allot a couple few hours if you want to hike down to the lake.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon spent here. The scenery is stunning and very relaxing. It's very intriguing thinking of how the monks lived and how they got from the abbey to the round tower for prayer.

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