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Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre

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Glendalough, Wicklow,
Mr George McClafferty
T: +353(0)40445352
F: +353(0)40445626
E: george.mclafferty@opw.ie

Glendalough Visitor Centre, nestled in the spectacular scenery of County Wicklow, is known as Ireland’s Garden County. It was built to showcase the Glendalough monastic site, one of Ireland's most famous landmarks and attracts many global visitors.

Glendalough Visitor Centre is dedicated to showcasing the Glendalough monastic site, one of Ireland's most famous tourist attractions. Positioned in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the Glendalough monastic site is a fascinating early Christian settlement in a spectacular natural location, founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century.

The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, and an impressive 30-metre high round tower. The valley stretches for approximately 3km and contains several areas of great historical interest and beauty. The Upper Lake area 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 various high crosses.

Glendalough Visitor Centre offers an exhibition, audiovisual shows, guided tours and is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities; access to the monastic site itself however is very limited.

This beautiful area is ideal as a base for hikes and is suitable for all levels, ranging from a short stroll around the ruins to demanding mountain walks through the valley and around the lakes.