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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 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
  • 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
  • Walking tours of Kilkenny Medieval City & Glendalough Monastic Site

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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.

Following your Kilkenny tour, head over the wild and rugged Wicklow Gap glacial valley for some spectacular views of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Enjoy a unique photo opportunity with a scheduled stop at the top of the mountain. Gaze down through the centuries old passage way linking east and west Wicklow. Retrace the footsteps which the Celtic clans and St Kevin travelled when travelling through the forested countryside and 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 2 hours and 15 minutes to journey through the monastic city before heading back to Dublin.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a wonderful trip the weather didn't cooperate very well but the scenery was lovely. Our tour guide shared a lot of interesting stories and information, and even gave some recommendations on what to do when we returned to Dublin. I'd love to take this tour again in the summer and see the difference in the scenery at Glendalough. Kilkenny City was beautiful and I would have loved to have spent more time there. We had to flip-flop our stops due to a late start traffic, and the weather so we were a little rushed in Kilkenny but we enjoyed what we were able to see.

Christa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful way to get out of Dublinand see the countryside. I was traveling alone and felt. Rey co for table on this tour. I adored going to Glendalough. I opted out of the Kilkenny castle tour and walked around the city instead. It was lovely. Worth the time, certainly worth fee.

Nora L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour, lots of places you only get to see in books or films, were right there. Thank you Yoan and Richard, the driver, for taking us back in time and get acquainted with such great landscapes and ancient buildings.

Marcelo Sechieri C. ...  Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Glendalough is worth every second spent there. Kilkenny is very nice too. A wonderful time!

Jo Anne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous day trip with a great tour guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour guide was amazing and out of all the day trips we took this was the most informative and entertaining. The tour guide made sure he answered all our questions and went over and beyond the call of duty to assist us and made sure our trip was amazing.

Robin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My daughter and I had a wonderful trip! The guide was very knowledgeable and funny and made the trip very interesting with commentary all along the ride. Rob was also very helpful and accommodating with taking photos, plus additional information and lots of conversation during the stops and lunch break. We will definitely book again!

Brad Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Glenalough lakes were amazing

Anna B

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.

Jennifer G

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!!!

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