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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour with friendly guide Anthony and driver Frank of Rover Dog Tours, fun too. Lots to see and Wicklow Mountains very scenic. Worth taking time to do and good to see the countryside.

Kaitlin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

glendalough is magic! make sure you take the walk to the two lakes.

Simmonds M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent trip. Our guide Jim and driver John were fantastic. Highly recommended. We had a great time.

Nitzan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip, Richard the guide was awesome, it was pouring rain but still managed to make it a fun trip. The scenery is amazing! I realy enjoyed my self.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a fantastic tour run by Wild Rover. Our guide Yoan made the day even better with his knowledge of history, language and especially his sense of humor! Everything was organized, punctual, and yet relaxed and enjoyable!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. The guide was great and really made it worthwhile. We could not have done this on our own and have had the understanding and context that she provided to all that we saw. We saw a lot that day between Kilkenny and Glendalough and would have like to have spent more time at both but the tradeoff was worth it given the quality of our guide.

Deborah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide and the driver were terrific. The tour was very well done. We had plenty of time to do what we needed and did learn about the area. I know now that I would love to spend more time in Kilkenny -- maybe on the next trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was wonderful. Our tour guide was very nice and the bus driver equally so. We had enough time time to explore the sites on our own and also a guided tour was offered at each stop. This is the only tour I booked on my very limited time in Dublin and it was a great choice.

Cynthia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Road rover tours was amazing, they are very engaging with everybody, they make sure everybody is happy and enjoying them selves. This was such an amazing tour make sure you have walking comfortable shoes. We stopped at the wickelow gap, kilkenny castle and glendaugh park. Loved it!!!!

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