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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Home to one of the country’s most popular historic sites, a 6th-century monastic complex, Glendalough, or ‘the valley of the lakes’, is set in an idyllic location between two lakes. An hour south of Dublin, Glendalough makes a popular day trip, as well as a common stop-off for hikers attempting the famous Wicklow Way, which runs through the valley.

The monastery was founded by the hermit monk St Kevin around 618AD and by the 9th century was among the leading monastic cities of Ireland, up until its destruction by the English in 1398. The ruins remain impressive today, with a collection of ancient churches, burial sites and monastic buildings sprawled around the Upper and Lower lakes. Most famous is the 112-foot-tall round tower, measuring 52 feet in circumference and featuring a conical roof, rebuilt with its original stones in the late 19th century. Other key sights include a 10th-century cathedral, the largest building on the plot, home to granite ‘St Kevin’s Cross’; St Kevin’s church with its conical capped belfry and a monumental gateway, unique in Ireland with its two-storied granite arches.

A huge part of Glendalough’s appeal lies in its spectacular surroundings, with the two lakes encircled with woodlands, verdant pastures and the hilltops of the nearby Wicklow Mountains National Park. Make the most of a visit by hiking around the lakes and following the marked trails between the ruins, then head to the Glendalough Visitor center, where a video and exhibition details facts and background information on the monuments.

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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin, Dublin, null
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

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The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kilkenny and Wicklow Day Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Kilkenny and Wicklow Day Tour from Dublin

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Discover the true beauty of Ireland on this fantastic day trip to the monastic site of Glendalough and the city colourful Kilkenny, the medieval capital of ...  Read more

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

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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin

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Fall for the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Garden of Ireland on this Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains day trip from Dublin. Set off from the capital and ...  Read more

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

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Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

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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 ...  Read more

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

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Wicklow Mountains Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Wicklow Mountains Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin

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Full Day Tour to Wicklow mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny. Expert tour guides with separate coach driver. Luxury coaches with Free Wifi. Discover Ireland's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin

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Combine Ireland's stunning coastal and mountain scenery on this lovely rail tour from Dublin. You'll travel through the magical Wicklow Mountains, visit the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Wicklow and Glendalough Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Rail Tours
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Wicklow and Glendalough Tour from Dublin

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The tour begins with an introduction to Dublin City, as heading south towards County Wicklow, known affectionately as the "Garden of Ireland". ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Day Trip to Powerscourt and Glendalough from Dublin, Dublin, Half-day Tours
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Day Trip to Powerscourt and Glendalough from Dublin

Explore Wicklow, the beautiful garden of Ireland. The tour stops at Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough Monastery and gives you time to stroll at your leisure ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Full-Day Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour from Dublin

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Spend a day exploring history and culture in the Emerald Isle. You'll start your tour in majestic Glendalough, then experience the Wicklow Mountains en-route ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $45.68
Powerscourt and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Powerscourt and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin

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Explore Wicklow, the beautiful garden of Ireland. The tour stops at Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough Monastery and give you time stroll at your leisure in ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.12

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