Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
Nestled in a picturesque location between two lakes, Glendalough Monastic Settlement 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. Add Glendalough Monastic Settlement and other attractions to your Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary using our Vale of Glendalough vacation planner.
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  • I was part of a bus tour of 49 people. We were split into 2 groups. To visit the ruins is not wheel chair accessible. Wear good walking shoes. The rocks could be slippery or muddy if very wet. Glendal...  read more »
  • I went with the Institute, so I did not do much case, but it still was an excursion very interesting and full of history which I now appreciate a more.
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  • Very interesting site. Nice video on monasteries in general and good exhibit on Glendalough. Walk to the site was easy with longer attractive walks available. Site was beautiful. Well maintained and a...  read more »
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