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

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

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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What You Can Expect

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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour and tour guide!! Would definitely recomend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Rob our tour Guide and Tony our driver where fabulous. It was nice to get out of Dublin for the day. Killkenny was a beautiful village and Glendalough was even more than what I had read....absolutely gorgeous. 5 star all the way

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


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