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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 August 2015

Had a great time. Kenny the tour guide was great and informative. A tour to take.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

For the price, this was a great tour. Bus was prompt and timely, clean, and well maintained. The tour guide I believe her name was Siofra was pleasant and informative. Overall a great experience. I would just recommend contacting the company first to confirm which bus you will be taking picks up from the same spot as several other tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a wonderful tour. It was great to get outside of Dublin and see the countryside. The tour bus was prompt in picking us up. Our guide was very nice and very knowledgeable. He shared good information as we traveled along preparing us for each stop. This tour is worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I enjoyed this trip. The castle was impressive and a nice little town to explore.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great day out, thanks to our guide Andrew just a note to anyone booking this trip that they also go to Wicklow mountains take note of this in order to avoid booking a separate tour to WICKLOW .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful day, our tour guide Jim was very nice and knowledgeable. Kilkenny is beautiful. I did not tour the castle but rather spent time in the town and checked out the other historic sites there. Glendalough is also an amazing site, it would have been nice to have more time there. This trip was one of my highlights in my brief stay in Ireland, I highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very informative very friendly guide and driver i can recomend this tour to everyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our Guide, Andrew and our driver, Bill provided us with a wonderful Irish Experience, from the Castle in Kilkenny to the Monastery in the Wicklow Mountains, and the Beautiful waterfall and Lakes in Glendalough. Marvelous tour filled with information, history and culture. You will love this tour. A real value for the cost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Andrew was a great tour guide and we had an amazing driver. The day was a fun, relaxing day with a lot of history and beautiful scenery. We would definitely go on the tour again.

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