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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Break from Dublin for a tour of medieval Irish architecture and folklore in Kilkenny and Glendalough. Aboard a luxury coach, take a day trip to the most glorious sights in south-east Ireland from Kilkenny Castle and the Dunmore Caves, to the breathtaking Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. 


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Depart Dublin early to get maximum time at your first stop of the day – Kilkenny Castle. Built in the 12th century, this Anglo-Norman castle stands dramatically along the River Nore, dominating the backdrop of Kilkenny city. Tour the castle at your own pace, exploring the renovated chambers and corridors, and then meander through the enchanting rose garden before heading into town.
At your leisure, explore the charming village of Kilkenny. A true mecca of medieval architecture, Kilkenny offers many splendid sights for the cultured explorer. Explore the Black Abbey, built in 1225, and the Hole in the Wall Elizabethan Tavern, both recently restored to their original design. And don’t miss St Francis Abbey Brewery, brewing Irish ales for more than eight centuries.

Continue on by coach to Ballyfoyle, home to the Dunmore Caves. Take a guided tour through the caves and see the massive stalactites with the caves’ vast limestone chambers. Aside from their geological splendor, these caves are also famously credited as the site of much Viking activity, including the grim Viking massacre of 928 AD

Following your cave tour, head over the wild and rugged Wicklow Gap for some spectacular views of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. View the park’s upper slopes, blanketed in heath and bog, before dipping down into the glacial valley of Glendalough. 

Throughout history, visitors have come to ‘the valley of the two lakes’  for its mystical history, archaeology and unique wildlife. The monastic city of Glendalough, found in the 6th century by St. Kevin, was once an active locale featuring areas for manuscript writing and copying, an infirmary, guest houses, and a monastery. Now it offers guests a peek into Ireland’s rich cultural history. You’ll have approximately 1.5 to journey through the monastic city before heading back to Dublin.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great day out of Dublin. Ann was a wonderful guide.

Glenalough lakes were amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is the tour I liked the most. Kilkenny castle is one of the best preserved and beautiful I've ever seen. Kilkenny city .... I think is the most beautiful city in Ireland - very very colorful. Wicklow and Gledalough ........ I just can't put this beauty in words.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing tour - Kilkenny was so much fun. You get free time to explore on your own and it's so lovely. Glendalough is breathtaking... ancient monastery ruins, beautiful mountains, so much history and all in a gorgeous setting. I would say this day trip is a MUST!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour and this tour company is amazing. They provide loads of historical information, so you can learn about the Irish culture along the drive. The entire tour was wonderful. We used this tour company twice and both tours were perfect and I highly recommend them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Truly amazing! Our tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. It was interesting to learn about the culture and see the countryside of Ireland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Trip was great, amazing scenery, Kilkenny is such a nice city it would have been nice to have more time to be able to see everything in Kilkenny and do the caves but I understand with so much to see you can't do everything in a day. The guide was good at pointing out things and did a nice job with the walk through the National Park, what a beautiful area. Worth the time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour guide was helpful and informative. This was a great experience and would recommned it to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trip brought us to the medieval city which is very beautiful.
Wild Rover Tour has a bus driver and a tour guide in the bus. The guide is very knowledgable about the history of Ireland, and was passionate to share it with us. I learned a lot from him on the day.
Both the driver and the guide are very professional and courteous.

Because we had visited many caves in different countries, the cave was not very interesting to us.
For the Kilenny City and Glendalough, I and my group enjoyed it very much.
Sara from Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Kilkenny was a fun little Medieval town. The gardens are a must see. I enjoyed Glendalough along with the short hiking trail. I went back the next day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

To say not enough time is an understatement but it is a day trip. The sights were great. We saw typical Ireland fog while at Glendalough. The coach and tour guide and driver were great. good tour

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