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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

edith n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Informative and entertaining guides

Emanuell H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the best tours I took - great value incredible destinations and great guide.

mary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was really interesting. We had plenty of time at stops to enjoy the venues. The guide, Richard, and the driver, Jack were great. They were professional, informative and entertaining at times. The tour bus was in excellent condition. I really liked that this company picked us all up at the various stops, in the bus and with the team that we would be with throughout the tour. Other companies do not do this and it wastes time and is not as professional.

Michelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ann T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We enjoyed this trip.Peter the guide was very friendly,cheerful and amusing and knew a lot about the history and told it in away that was not boring.
John the driver was also friendly and cheerful.
The downside for us was we book 4 tickets to go as a group but as we were on the last pick up point we all had to sit separate.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved trip and our guide. Beautiful and fun. Edinburgh and Scotland and Scottish people are fabulous! Of course. If I come over the pond again, I and #39;ll be in touch for more of your tours. God bless Scotland and the USA! Elizabeth (Anne) Moore

Vladimir K Serbia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I took this tour because of Kilkenny City and I was not dissapointed. Beautiful city!! Glendalough is a historical place in beautiful nature but basically just a ruin. Not much to be seen except for the round tower. Wild Rover Tours did everything right taking just the right time at every stop. Guide Anthony and driver David were excellent.

Yogesh J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a very enjoyable trip, with a knowlegeable and friendly guide, Yoan. The drive itself is quite pleasant and the stop in Kilkenny was wonderful. It was great to have a guided tour, walk around, have a leisurely lunch and enjoy the local environment. The drive through Wiklow mountain and the stop in Glendalough were interesting. Again, the guide made everything fun and pleasant, with interesting comments on history and life in the region. Overall, a fun trip that I would strongly recommend.

Shawn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Yoan and Jack were pretty funny during the bus ride. Yoan knows a lot about the history of Ireland and is very knowledgeable. All in all, a fun worthwhile trip to take.

pavlina w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a wonderful tour! The exquisite Gronia kept us entertained all day with here knowledgeable and funny commentary. We would recommend this tour to everybody, it was a great day.

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