Glendalough Visitor Centre

Glendalough, situated in picturesque County Wicklow, was made famous by Saint Kevin who came to the area in the 6th century. He was looking for a place of solitude and having found it, remained and lived a rather hermitic life.

Location

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

History

Glendalough, situated in picturesque County Wicklow, was made famous by Saint Kevin who came to the area in the 6th century. He was looking for a place of solitude and having found it, remained and lived a rather hermitic life. He founded his monastery here which attracted thousands of people who were intrigued by St. Kevin's simple and scholarly ways. Over time, a school developed, attracting thousands of students from Europe. St. Kevin died in the year 618 at 120 years of age but the remains of his monastery can still be seen.

celtic-cross The most famous of all the landmarks in the area, however, is the Round Tower which stands 110 feet above the ground. It was built almost 1000 years ago by the monks of St. Kevin's monastery. The roof had to be replaced in 1876 when it was struck by lightning. Local Folklore reveals that when the repairs were being carried out, Sam Kennedy, a local man, danced around the rim of the tower. The tower was originally built as a bell tower and a place of refuge when the monastery was attacked. There are many stone crosses and churches to see. As well as these magnificent remains, there is the breathtaking scenery of the valley to enjoy.

The Visitor Centre has an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show. French, German, Spanish and Swedish guided tours are available all year by advance booking. Visitor Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. Access to the graveyard is very difficult for wheelchair users.

Opening Times

Mid October - Mid March Daily 09:30-17:00 Mid March - Mid October Daily 09:30-18:00 Last admission 45 mins. before closing.

Visit Length

1hr 30mins

Admission

Adult EUR 2.75 Child EUR 1.25 Student EUR 1.25 Senior EUR 2.00 Family EUR 7.00 Group EUR 2.00

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times

Mid October - Mid March Daily 09:30-17:00 Mid March - Mid October Daily 09:30-18:00 Last admission 45 mins. before closing.

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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