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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.

Highlights

  • 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 2014

This was a really great tour if you want to venture out of Dublin but not spend many hours in a coach. Kilkenny was a lovely place to visit, especially the castle. Having time to ourselves was good and we could have happily stayed longer. Glendalough is an amazing place to visit with extensive remains of the old monastery and you get a small taste of rural Ireland on the trip back to the city through the mountains. Our gude displayed both his knowledge and passion for Ireland. We were entertained and educated by his commentary. A wonderful day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had the chance of a picture perfect day, not a cloud in sight and it was magnificent. I really enjoyed the stroll in the wood beetwen the two lakes, the beautiful views from the higher one, how the forest reflects in the other. The Dunmore Cave is interesting but you don't miss much if you don't go. The drive through the Wiklow Mountains was fabulous.

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