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Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.
Reviewed 20 November 2013

This was our first stop south of Dublin and it was an amazing place. We were blessed with a lovely day which made it all the better. The buildings were so old and from our North American perspective almost unreal. The graveyard was mysterious and we spent a lot of time just roaming around and immersing ourselves in the sense of time.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Glendalough itself is a magical place with views that would take your breath away and a fascinating history that together cteate a very memorable experience. The heritage buildings and landscapes are accessible, wellexplained and well maintained. But for us what really made it was the kindness and helpfulness of the staff in the visitors centre (particularly Fiona) that turned what would otherwise be just an interesting day to a really special day for us.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

We ended up here by chance - it was totally worth it. They suggested it would take about 25 mins to do the trail, but we were so amazed by the beauty of this place we were there for at least 2 hours. It's only about 4k, but there's just so much to see and to take in, you should really take your time!

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

My husband, sister, brother-in-law, and I visited Glendalough on 10/21/13. The staff at the visitor's center was very friendly and helpful. We paid to go into the visitor's center exhibit and watched a short video. The exhibit was interesting and well presented.
We walked over to the monastic settlement, viewed the round tower, cathedral, and took pictures of the high crosses. We walked down to the first lake, but it was raining pretty good, so we headed back.
The whole area was really lovely. I would definitely recommend seeing the visitor's center before going to the site to better understand the history.
My only concern was the fact that there were thieves in the area as we were visiting. The staff told us not to leave anything in our car, and there were signs posted everywhere. That made me nervous, but nothing happened, thankfully. Just don't leave any valuables in your car during your visit.
Glendalough is a beautiful piece of Irish history not to be missed.

Thank Kyleen B
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Just south of Dublin, in the Wicklow mountains, lies this verdant green valley which is the site of the 6th to 12th century monastery founded by St. Kevin. Some of the grey stone buildings are still standing, including the Round Tower at 30 meters high, the Cathedral and St. Kevin's Church. "The valley of two lakes" was a pilgrimage site up until the 19th century and it continues as a destination for travelers and tourists today. There are remains of 65 buildings worth investigating but the forest walks down toward the lakes are enchanting.

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