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Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre

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Glendalough, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)40445352
F: +353(0)40445626

Glendalough's monastic site is one of Ireland's most famous landmarks and the visitor centre sites nestled in the spectacular scenery of the Garden County, County Wicklow.

Glendalough is positioned in a glaciated valley with two lakes, and is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. A fascinating early Christian monastic settlement in a spectacular natural location was founded by St. 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 3 km, and within it there are several sites of interest. The Upper Lake area was the original site of the monastic settlement, and features Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, St. Kevin's Cell, St. Kevin's Bed, the Caher, and various crosses.

The Visitor Centre at Glendalough is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. Access to the site, however, is very difficult for wheelchair users. This beautiful area is ideal for walking 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.