Glendalough Cathedral, Vale of Glendalough

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Nestled in a picturesque location between two lakes, Glendalough Cathedral offers a slice of the region's religious history. Founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century, the historical complex attracts hoards of day-trippers from Dublin, just an hour away. Much of the settlement's appeal lies in its scenic natural setting, its two pristine lakes ringed by dense woodlands, green pastures, and rugged tops of the nearby Wicklow Mountains. You can hike around the lakes, following a well-marked trail between the monastic ruins. Be sure to take a short break at the visitor center, which provides background information about the settlement through informative exhibits and brief video presentations. By using our Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary maker app , you can arrange your visit to Glendalough Cathedral and other attractions in Vale of Glendalough.
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  • Located in county Wicklow, at about an hour driving from Dublin, this monastic settlement is a must see if in Ireland. The archeological site is very interesting and the local guides are knowledgeable...  more »
  • Ruins with a lot of history and buildings finished hundreds of years ago. A short movie gives you good information and there are hiking trails through beautiful setting only mother nature could create...  more »
  • Very beautiful place. The cathedral was lovely and the cemetery was a fascinating mix of tombstones. Some centuries old. Some almost new. Tours available. We enjoyed it.
  • Lovely gardens with so much history. Do yourself a favor and go walking through the trails. Bathroom facilities were available as were good and drink. There were some stalls selling an assortment souvenirs. Overall a lovely way to take in nature at its finest.
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