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GlendaloughIreland

Residing in Ireland’s WicklowMountains National Park, the beguiling river valley village of Glendaloughis situated on the site of a 6th century monastic settlement. A popularheritage site on the Wicklow Way, Glendalough is particularlyrenowned for its combination of medieval architecture and outstanding naturalbeauty.

Glendalough isconsidered the perfect spot for a hiking holiday and is a particularly popularbase for exploring the nearby Wicklow Mountains. Butit’s not all about exploring on foot: you can head out horse riding, pedal alongone of the Wicklow Way’s cycling trails, seek out the village’s wildlife orsimply marvel at its 100 foot round tower.

History in GlendaloughGlendalough has asomewhat chequered but remarkable history. The monastic city founded here duringthe medieval period was mostly destroyed at the end of the 12thcentury, during an English siege. After this, the site became a pilgrimage spotand by the end of the 16th century it was re-established as thehistoric village that stands here today. The village’s medieval past is stillprevalent today. The ruins located here are considered some of the best inIreland.

Ancient Architecture in GlendaloughThe most significant monument in the village isknown as the ‘Gateway to Glendalough’, once the entranceto the monastic city that stood here. Its most striking monument, however, isthe 100 foot tall round tower that was created from a mixture of slate andgranite. The tower is an impressive feat of engineering given its age, and youcertainly won’t miss it.

Glendalough’s Abandoned Mining VillageTake a stroll along the sun-kissed shores of Glendalough’sUpper Lake and you will soon find yourself in an abandoned mining village,dating from the turn of the 19th century. Abandoned long ago, thevillage makes for a haunting visit, especially against the backdrop of theWicklow Mountains and the immense granite scree field left here by the miners.

Rock Climbing in GlendaloughWhile you may be here for a hiking holiday, CountyWicklow has a range other outdoor activities on offer, and rock climbingis particularly popular in Glendalough due to theimmense granite cliffs situated to the northwest of the valley. There areroutes suitable for everyone, as well as options for bouldering (low levelclimbing without a safety harness); so why not have a go?

Dining in GlendaloughAs you would expect from a small village, thedining opportunities here offer more hearty fare than posh nosh, but they aredelicious nevertheless. Grab a light bite or some pub grub and revitaliseyourself after a day in the mountains. If you’re dead set on a real restaurant,there are some a short drive away. You could even treat yourself to a snifterof Glendalough whiskey, straight from the localdistillery.

Enjoy GlendaloughWith all this on offer and more, don’t put it off –book your holiday break in the lush green village of Glendaloughtoday.

Top hotels in Glendalough

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Glendalough International Youth Hostel
Glendalough International Youth Hostel
2 out of 5
The Lodge, Laragh, Glendalough, County Wicklow

Situated in a national park, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Glendalough Tower and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough Cathedral and St. Kevin's ...

3.6/5Good! (35 reviews)

"The area was beautiful and the few staff we encountered were courteous. The bunkroom we stayed in had dirty blue pillowcases, fitted sheets, and duvets. This is a shared room hostel which is a great way to meet people from around the world. The wifi was so weak we had to either sit at reception or ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Glendalough International Youth Hostel
Tudor Lodge
Tudor Lodge
3 out of 5
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£97
per night
22 Apr-23 Apr

This family-friendly Glendalough guesthouse is located on the riverfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of St. Kevin's Church, Lower Lake and Glendalough Cathedral. Wicklow ...

4.3/5Excellent! (144 reviews)

"Christopher was great! Property is walking distance to hiking trails and town."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Tudor Lodge
Trooperstown Wood Lodge
Trooperstown Wood Lodge
4 out of 5
Laragh, Glendalough
Free cancellation
£115
per night
22 Apr-23 Apr

Situated in Glendalough, this lodge is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Glendalough Cathedral and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough Tower and ...

Trooperstown Wood Lodge

Popular things to do in Glendalough

Lough Tay
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Lough Tay

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lough Tay during your travels in Glendalough. Amble around this relaxing area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.

Upper Lake
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Upper Lake

4/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Upper Lake, a lovely green space in Glendalough. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Glendalough Visitor Centre
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Glendalough Visitor Centre

4.5/5(5 reviews)

After visiting Glendalough Visitor Centre, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Glendalough. Wander the gardens or discover the area's mountain views.

Lower Lake
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Lower Lake

4/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Lower Lake, a lovely green space in Glendalough. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Round Tower
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Round Tower

Find out about the history of Glendalough when you spend time at Round Tower. Amble around the area's gardens or seek out its golf courses.

Lough Dan
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Lough Dan

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lough Dan during your travels in Glendalough. Amble around this relaxing area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.

Top activities in Glendalough

Wild Wicklow & Glendalough Full-Day Tour
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Wild Wicklow & Glendalough Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£31
Per adult
Day Tour of Wicklow - Glendalough
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Day Tour of Wicklow - Glendalough

90% of travellers recommend
£33
Per adult
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
£21
Per adult
Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
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Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

88% of travellers recommend
£15
Per adult
The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card
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The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card

82% of travellers recommend
£62
Per adult
Irish Whiskey Museum
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Irish Whiskey Museum

98% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult