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Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
SightseeingHeritageWalking Church, abbey or monasteryMuseumRuinsNational park
Discover the Glendalough monastic site, one of Ireland's most famous landmarks. Stop by the informative visitor centre and soak up the spectacular scenery of County Wicklow.

Experience Glendalough, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. Positioned in a glaciated valley with two lakes, marvel at the fascinating early Christian settlement founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century.

The ancient ruins of Glendalough include several churches and an impressive 30 metre high round tower. The valley stretches for approximately 3km in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Glendalough's Upper Lake was the original site of the monastic settlement and features Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, Saint Kevin's Cell, Saint Kevin's Bed, the Caher and a number of high crosses.

Glendalough is a beautiful place for walking, take a short stroll around the ruins or choose one of the challenging mountain hikes through the valley and around the scenic lakes. After, drop by the Glendalough Visitor Centre and see the exhibition and audiovisual shows, or opt for a guided tour.

Why we like it
  • A fascinating 6th century monastic settlement.
  • Learn about the area's history at the visitor centre.
  • See the 30 metre high round tower.
  • Take a scenic hike into the valley.
Tips from locals

Arrive early in high season, namely the spring and summer months, as the car parks can get very busy. Alternatively, visit after 4pm when there are less people.

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