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Glendalough

Glendalough

Free admission
Derrybawn, Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland

The Basics

Learn Irish history while wandering through picturesque ruins that include ancient churches, burial sites, and monastic buildings. From Dublin, join a tour focused solely on Glendalough, or choose a more comprehensive tour of County Wicklow and visit Wicklow Mountains National Park, Sally Gap, and Powerscourt Gardens. Travelers can choose between half-day or full-day itineraries.

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Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
$40.39 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
The driver Ger and the tour guide were excellent we also had a bit of fun on the bus. There were very knowledgeable and we learned a lot on the tour.
Tricia_K, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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I loved glendalough, ...
Claudinea_d, Nov 2021
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
I loved glendalough, Kilkenny and the sheep dog. I specially enjoyed to see the dog bringing the sheep 🐑, they are very smart.
star-4
Great overall!
Erica_B, Oct 2021
Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin
This tour was beautiful. My only note is that the time at Powerscourt was far too long. The gardens were stunning of course, but the walk only takes one hour max, and we were left there for three hours. I would've much rather have extra time to explore the historic and breathtaking Glendalough!
star-4
Ok
Andrew_C, Sep 2021
Private Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow & Powerscourt Gardens starting from Dublin
We loved Glendalough and the waterfall. However, we ended up back in Dublin and were never taken to Powerscourt Gardens. To our drivers credit we never asked why, however, we were disappointed. Driver was a nice man though and thoroughly showed us the abbey ruins.
star-5
Brilliant value
Adam_B, Oct 2021
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
Anthony the guide was fun and informative and kept you organised and entertained and Anthony the driver displayed expert driving down some country lanes that seemed impossibly small for a coach. Kilkenny nice and sheepdog demonstration was good but Glendalough was amazing!
star-5
Great Tour
Pauline_C, Oct 2021
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Our tour leader, Antony Kelly, was excellent as was the driver. He brought the whole experience to life. The self guided Kilkenny Castle tour was great. Glendalough was beautiful and learning about the sheep, sheep farming and sheep dogs was enlightening!
star-5
Glendalough is an amazing...
Elia_M, Sep 2021
Wicklow Day Trip with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin
Glendalough is an amazing place. With its rocky spurs surrounding the lakes and ruins, all blended together magically.
star-5
Beautiful mountain trip
Pauline_M, Nov 2021
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
We chose this tour because we didn’t want to spend a whole day out. We chose the afternoon tour and we’re back early evening. Out tour guide was amazing! Very friendly and informative. The views were beautiful. Fortunately we had good weather. The coach was very comfortable and clean. Great experience! Highly recommend.
star-5
Fun day in Ireland
Annette_M, Sep 2021
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Cathy our tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable, friendly & fun. Would highly recommend this trip. You get to see & experience so much in one day, not overwhelming. Comfortable, clean bus too.
star-5
Awesome
sbbmc, Nov 2021
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
The wind at the Wicklow mountains!! The driver was great and the tour very fun. There was ALOT of confusion about the pick up spots in the morning!
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It was awesome to see the...
Swan_R, Nov 2021
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
It was awesome to see the castle, the upper river, and monastery and the sheepdog herding the sheep.
star-5
Beautiful experience! Our...
DEBORAH_A, Nov 2021
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
Beautiful experience! Our tour guide Jess was amazing and very knowledgeable and pleasant. She took her time to answer our questions and explain Ireland's history. The drive was smooth and scenic thanks to Noel. The sheepdog demonstration was a thumbs up as well. If you're planning to visit, then this is a definite must.
star-5
Wonderful Experience - Sheepdog Herding was a Highlight
Margaret_H, Oct 2021
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
Wonderful tour, I could have probably gone without the Kilkenny stop but Glendalough was beautiful, and the sheepdog herding demonstration was absolutely incredible- that alone made the trip well worth it! A word to the wise, be sure to bring extra layers and dress warmly as the morning temperatures in the mountains can dip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Glendalough is a popular attraction for history buffs, families seeking open spaces, and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • The ground may be soft or muddy, so pack your hiking boots and bring along layers of waterproof clothing.

  • To see the full complex, be prepared for a significant amount of walking, as the site is spread across several locations surrounding the two lakes.

  • Visit the Glendalough Visitor Centre, where a video and exhibition shed light on the history of the monuments.

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How to Get There

Glendalough is located about an hour south of Dublin in County Wicklow. Most visitors arrive by car or with a guided tour from Dublin. To reach Glendalough from Dublin in a rental car, take the N11 south and get off at the Roundwood/Glendalough exit. On-site parking is available.

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When to Get There

Glendalough is busiest during summer and on weekends. It is a popular destination for locals to set out on a hike. To beat the crowds, visit on a weekday rather than Saturday or Sunday. Though the complex is outdoors, mild year-round temperatures make it possible to visit any time.

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Hiking at Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains National Park

In addition to the monastic ruins, Glendalough’s scenic countryside trails attract scores of visitors. Travelers interested in hiking can make a stop at Glendalough part of a broader outdoor adventure in County Wicklow. Other nearby hiking options include climbing the Sugar Loaf Mountain or exploring a section of the Wicklow Way.

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