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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
$41.41 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour for first timers in the Emeralrd Isle.
We had a great tour guide, Robert and driver, Paulo. Super friendly and knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. We ended up having a different tour guide the following day for another tour and wished we had gone with Robert and Paulo instead.
Anchal_D, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-5
Wonderful Experience - Sheepdog Herding was a Highlight
Margaret_H, Oct 2021
Glendalough,Wicklow and Kilkenny Tour including Sheepdog herding 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.
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
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
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
A must do trip
khennesseygal, Sep 2021
Wicklow And Glendalough Tour From Dublin
We had a great time!! The sheepdog exhibition was informative and the dogs are just amazing. The Wicklow Mountains are gorgeous. Glendalough Valley and Abbey are fantastic. Our driver was fun and very helpful
star-5
Beautiful nature!!
Ranveer_K, Oct 2021
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
We are new to Ireland. Brilliant way to see more of Ireland outside of the city. Coach driver and tour guide was fantastic and knowledge keeping the journey fun but also a lot of learning. The coach had a nice warm temperature with the option to have individual air conditioning and there were two usb ports per seating area. Thank you again! :) Just stunning views. Note gets windy and cold near the Wicklow mountain worth bringing a coat.
star-5
Very well organised! We...
Laura_M, Oct 2021
Wicklow Day Trip with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin
Very well organised! We even stopped at some more interesting places on our way! Beautiful and scenic views! Johnny was the best tour guide - his stories were hilarious! It was a great experience, definitely worth it! I can only recommend it!
star-4
All the landscapes that...
Miguel_N, Oct 2021
Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin
All the landscapes that we have visited where memorable and our guide was really good! The thing I didnt like was the fact that the microbus had small windows and it didnt allow me to watch the landascape as I would like. However, I would reccomend this trip without hesitation!
star-5
Highly recommended
Enrico_R, Oct 2021
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
We had a great tour guide! The ride alone was scenic. We had about 90 minutes at the second stop for some hiking. It was great.
star-5
I loved seeing the...
Katelyn_I, Oct 2021
Wicklow Day Trip with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin
I loved seeing the Guinness Lake and estate on this tour. It was a beautiful hike. Great for a day trip from Dublin!
star-5
Excellent, beautiful
Luella, Sep 2021
Wicklow Day Trip with Horse Riding Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin
This was a beautiful and inspiring way to see County Wicklow and the Wicklow Mountains. The horse riding was really enjoyable, taking us through the woods on trails both up and down hills. Lunch was delicious and scenic, and the stop at Glendalough was a welcome end to a majestic day. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny and the trip was well worth the time and money.
star-5
Lovely tour
Fuki_M, Oct 2021
Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin
The tour was exactly as advertised, if not better! We were given enough free time, and our guide was very informative and knowledgable. If you want to take a day off and enjoy the Irish sceneries, this is the trip for you

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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