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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
See Irish castles, caves and cloisters on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll head into Ireland's south-east region - an area as historically interesting as it is beautiful. Visit Kilkenny Castle, the Dunmore Caves and the monastic settlement of Glendalough while gaining insight into Irish folklore and history from your guide.


  • Day trip to Kilkenny City and Glendalough from Dublin
  • Visit south-east Ireland's top attractions, including Kilkenny Castle and the Dunmore Caves
  • Take the scenic route through Wicklow Mountains National Park en route to Glendalough
  • Explore the monastic settlement at Glendalough, and see medieval archeology alongside abundant wildlife
  • Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach

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Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

After setting off from central Dublin, your first stop on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip will be the 12th century Kilkenny Castle - a beautiful Anglo-Norman castle that stands on the banks of the River Nore. You’ll have time to explore Kilkenny Castle’s beautiful gardens, before ambling into the city for lunch (available for an additional cost) and a stroll around its picturesque, cobbled streets. Kilkenny City has a rich heritage of cathedrals, Tudor houses and monasteries, and you'll gain a sense of its medieval history as you walk around. Before leaving the city, you'll see the St Francis Abbey Brewery, founded in the 12th century, where many Irish ales are still brewed today.

A short drive from Kilkenny City is the town of Ballyfoyle, home to the Dunmore Caves. These are Ireland’s largest caves and consist of a series of vast limestone chambers, that you can walk through with your guide. See the massive, icicle-like calcium deposits (stalactites) that hang from the cave ceilings, and learn of the grim Viking massacre that took place in the caves in 928AD.

In the afternoon, your tour will continue over the Wicklow Gap, an unspoiled mountain pass that winds through the magnificent Wicklow Mountains National Park. The route is a photographer’s dream, so be sure to have your camera ready to capture sights of this wild mountain range that dominates the County Wicklow countryside.

Emerging from the west side of the Wicklow Gap, your day trip will reach the glacial valley of Glendalough - famous for its two beautiful lakes and monastic site, comprising the ruins of a medieval monastery and round tower. Reputedly founded by St Kevin, a hermit monk, the round tower was thought to have been created as a place of refuge for Irish monks in medieval times. You’ll have approximately 1.5 hours to explore this fascinating site at your leisure, before returning to Dublin.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Wonderful day trip into the Irish countryside. Andrew did a great job as our guide, providing a lot of interesting information about not only the places we visited on the tour, but the small towns and areas in between. Our driver, Karl, did a wonderful job of negotiating the narrow roads. This is a fabulous day trip to several beautiful sites; I would highly recommend this tour.
The only comment I would have to improve this trip was that the order of the day was changed, so that we did Glendalough first and then headed to Kilkenny. This made for a very late lunch, particularly for the folks in our group that did the caves (didn't get back to Kilkenny until about 3:30). Better communication about the timing of the day would have been helpful, as we would have grabbed a snack at Glendalough to tide us over.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Everything was great. Tour guide - Rob, driver Karl (with a K!) We were picked up in Dublin city center and got some information about Dublin as we set out. In between each stop, we were given a history lesson of all the places we were to see.
When you arrive in Kilkenny, you are given a choice on whether you want to stay in Kilkenny for 3 hours or go to the cave and only spend 1 hour in Kilkenny. We stayed in Kilkenny the whole time and it was great as we had a 2 year old with us and he really enjoyed the children's playground outside Kilkenny Castle and we were able to have a more slow-paced visit.
Then we arrived in the Wicklow Gap and took pictures for about 15 min. Then we stopped at Glendalough to visit the lakes. This was our family's favorite part, however, even though you get 1.5 hours here, it takes a big chunk of time (25 min) basically hiking up to the upper lake, wasn't expecting that!
All-in-all, I would recommend this trip to anyone especially given the value!

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