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. 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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  • August 16, 2017
    The ruins of St.Kevin's settlement are fascinating and the surrounding mountains offer great hiking and spectacular views! A wonderful way to spend several hours in Ireland.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We learned one thing while visiting that may be helpful to others. I had read online that Glendalough visitor center closed at 6:00 pm and assumed once the visitor center closed we would not be able t...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    What a beautiful place, peaceful with the most stunning views,it is a spectacular part of the Ireland, clean well maintained. we went sun 13th Aug, €5.00 into car park !! which could be redeemed if yo...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Well preserved monastic site and graveyard, while you're here don't miss the lakes. You can easily spend about 2 hours+ visiting everything. The walking paths are in great condition and are family friendly
  • June 9, 2017
    A beautiful area and historical area in Ireland but is often over run with too many tourists. Quality of guides varies. Make the most out of your trip by getting a guide that you can hear and has a good understanding of the area.
  • May 22, 2017
    This place is absolutely amazing. It was where Saint Kevin was at in ancient Celtic Christianity and it is a "thin" place as I just learned. Thin places have small distance between heaven and earth. As I walked among the ruins and heard the sheep in the distance I sensed that it is a thin place.
  • June 19, 2017
    This review does not reflect on the beautiful views. My partner & I arrived to the car park, and was met by a very rude lady. She told me to drive the wrong way through the car park, then when i did park, she shouted move closer to the car beside you. Not a great start but we quickly forgot about her ignorance. We had a beautiful walk around the area, visiting the lakes etc. There was too many dogs off the leads and without muzzles. We ate in the hotel and the food was ok, but it took nearly 10 minutes to pay at the counter. Toilets were clean but one of the the flusher in the gents toilets was broken. Personally i think €5.00 for the car park is a rip off.
  • May 11, 2017
    Beautiful and calm place in the morning, before all the tourists buses arrive. The walk to the lakes is charming. The water falls were easy to miss because of the lack of water.

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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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