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.

Highlights

  • 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

Esther F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Just finished a great tour! The tour guide, James, really knows his history and he is great with people. He made sure every member of our large group was well informed, whether they were taking the walking tour with him or not. I learned so much about the history of religion in Ireland as well as Irish history and folklore. The 3 stops on this tour were beautiful and we spent adequate time at each. Great value for an unforgettable experience! I recommend this tour, especially with James as your guide!

Liza A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

bud I think his name was and Paddy were terrific. Friendly, knowledgeable, and funny they were. Both my husband and I had a great time. We will definitely book with this website and these tours again. Great tour guides, great tour. Liza from Texas

hollylynettesmith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was my second time to do this tour, and it didn't disappoint.

The weather was beautiful and our guide, Yoan, decided that since the weather was so wonderful and frankly, since Ireland's weather changes quite frequently we should go to Glendalough first. I cannot emphasize enough what a great choice that was! We had one of the best walks around the lake with the most picturesque weather!!

We made our way to Kilkenny and were allowed a few hours there. The weather changed a little, so we were super thankful we went to Glendalough first. Kilkenny is a great city that is easy to maneuver, so we were able to see a lot in a little amount of time.

Yoan was incredibly knowledgeable and his passion for Irish history is evident. Bravo to him and the busdriver his name escapes me, but he's from Wicklow for creating such a wonderful day for my mother and me!

Jean K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I picked this tour at random online without knowing much about the trip or the company. We had a fantastic time. I would go again and recommend it for everyone looking for a day trip from Dublin. The countryside is beautiful and the tour guide, Mark, was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The driver, Seamus was also a very skillful driver. This was a fantastic trip and I wish I could go again.

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very enjoyable

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very beautiful places to visit and tour was very pleasant

bearpower31

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved Grainne as our tour guide. My partner and I did the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. We couldn't have been more satisfied. The tour is a more at your own pace tour with options to do the walking city tour or explore on your own. We did several tours while in Ireland and I have to say hands down this was our favorite. The driver and guide are so kind and warm!!! Thank you again for making a memory that will last forever!!

Susan W M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved our Guide Granuaile and the tour!

jreinke22

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Can't say enough great things about wild rover! First off, the coach itself is superb. Comfortable seating, clean, and wifi on board. Multiple stops for bathroom breaks. No food or drink on the bus, FYI. fine with us as it was clean and we had gotten spilled on during a previous tour with aDifferent company!

My husband and I did two tours with wild rover while we were in Dublin. First, we did Belfast and giants causeway. Two completely different experiences but both completely amazing. Our guide, Jim, was fantastic. There was a delay with the bus, but Jim and wild rover handled it professionally, responsibly, and because of their reaction, have some of the best customer service I have ever seen. Awesome trip! Driver John was great and we loved his accent!

Our second trip was to Kilkenny with Groinya and John was just as great. Plenty of time at all the stops and her knowledge and humor with every thing was out of this world. We personally didn't have kids traveling with us, but there were a few in our group. She brought them into her discussions with ease and made things easy for them to understand as well.

top notch tour company and highly, highly recommend!

Helen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our driver Richard and our guide Srainne kept us well informed and entertained. The structure of the day was well planned and appreciated, it kept the day on schedule. Srainne is an amazing source of information, hard to believe someone can remember that much. Thanks for the wonderful day and to all those contemplating this tour, or any with Wild Rover, it is a must!

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