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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

edmond j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour is a must do if you have never been to Ireland. Our tour guide Conor and driver Sarah kept the tour on time and within minutes of the advertised length. Conor used the travel between destinations to explain the up coming stop and connect it historically to the previous ones. He had a lively personality and kept the tour interactive. I especially appreciated his passion for his heritage and his countries history. Each stop was distinctly different and the views of county side between stops was beautiful as well. This tour makes me want to return to Ireland to spend more time.

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Ireland was full of friends we had never met before. The Hotel Harding was a second home. Meals went from splendid to better than that. See photos. The tours, the tour guides, the landscape, were a well-matched combination of wonderful scenery and Irish wit. If we had the money, I'd go every month...

Saundra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was by far my favorite tour while in Ireland! The sights were magnificent, the bus was clean, and the tour guides, Richard and Richard were by far the best guides! They made for the most pleasant day!

Saundra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

One of my favorite tours while in Ireland! The sights were amazing, and the tour guides, Richard and Richard were highly entertaining and well informed! They made for a very pleasant outing!

Pete

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved Kilkenny, will be going back there.

sundancefarms

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!

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