Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough

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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. By using our Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary maker app , you can arrange your visit to Glendalough Monastic Settlement and other attractions in Vale of Glendalough.
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  • Peaceful place. Enjoyed the visit. Need probably 2 hrs to walk down by water and enjoy. The ride thru Wicklow Mountain was gorgeous. I toured with Paddywagon.  more »
  • No one should miss a trip to Glendalough. The remains of the Romanesque church, tower and other buildings have an amazing and special atmosphere. Around there is an old cemetery and everything is special and beautiful nature around-mountains Wicklow, streams, lakes and a little farther from the remnants of mining mine. From Dublin, you can reach Glendalough by the St. Kevin's bus, which runs in the morning from the city centre and back again, buy tickets from the driver and return €20.
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  • Beautiful woodland walks ideal for all ages. lakes and mountains to see, glorious views and tranquillity if you want it. Take a picnic or buy food from the kiosks in the park.Perfectly safe for toddle...  more »
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  • An old monastic site in a wonderfully picturesque setting. Usually pretty busy as it's right next to one of the top tourist attractions in the Wicklow mountains. They're are a few signs around which explain parts of the complex, like the soaring tower, but the place could have really benefited for more information for visitors explaining the history and context.
  • A very picturesque monastic site with many hiking opportunities around. Always open car park at the visitor centre. Really worth to visit and have a nice walk around the Lower Lake and if you have time around the Upper Lake. There are many trips from here or you can go to the Upper Lake car park (check the opening hours) where more routes meet and start.
  • Arrived to a very crowded glendalough at 4pm on Easter Sunday. The weather was beautiful and families and hikers were out enjoying this beautiful amenity. People paddling and picnicking and walking. We just took the upper lake walk to the mining village and back but you can continue up over the mountain and around and back the other side. This is a lovely walk as its boardwalk over the boggy parts, it's great for older children. After working up our appetite we decided to eat at the hotel. Food was lovely and service quick, despite the crowd. Would recommend it. Staff friendly and helpful. Beautiful day and we'll be back to do the longer walk another day.
  • Even though it was raining lightly (which is hardly unexpected in Ireland!) the entire area was beautiful. Everything is so steeped in history that it's easy to feel insignificant. Though I am not Christian I could feel the holiness of the grounds.
  • Beautiful, atmospheric place. Would love to stay here and spend more time exploring. Even in the Irish 'mizzle' it was lovely.
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