Glendalough Visitor Centre

Glendalough Visitor Centre

Contact Details

Address: Glendalough, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Telephone No: +353 404 45352 / 45325
Fax No: +353 404 45626

Opening Hours

Open all Year:

Mid October - Mid March: Daily 9.30 - 17.00
Mid March - Mid October: Daily 9.30 - 18.00

Visitor Centre will be closed from December 23rd to 28th inclusive.

Last admission 45 mins. before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 1 - 1.5 hours

 ** Please note that car parking charges will apply at Glendalough Visitor Centre Car Park , at weekends (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays) and Good Friday, with effect from 17th March 2017 to 31st October 2017 inclusive **

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00


Toilets, disabled toilets, car/coach/bicycle park, self-guiding trail, outdoor picnic tables, extensive lawns

Restaurant/Tearooms: None



Traffic Congestion expected at Glendalough

This message is to advise you that OPW anticipate significant traffic congestion on this coming weekend (14th to 16th July) at the Glendalough Visitor Centre at Laragh Co. Wicklow and all Operators should be warned to expect significant delays and disruptions. Traffic volumes are expected to be heavy right throughout the weekend, from Friday morning onwards with large numbers of coaches in particular anticipated.

OPW wishes to advise any Bus Operator intending to visit Glendalough on this coming weekend to consider whether they absolutely need to make the trip at this time and to reconsider or defer the journey if at all possible, as there is a strong likelihood that they will experience considerable delays in accessing the site and may have difficulties in both finding parking and in exiting Laragh village easily.

In view of the fact that heavy volumes of traffic are anticipated, Operators are warned to take note of the following in particular:

  1. Certain Tour Operators who have pre-booked groups to visit the Glendalough Visitor Centre over the course of the weekend will have priority when accessing the Centre carpark and bus parking spaces will be reserved for those Operators who have a confirmed booking.

  2. Given the limited capacity of the carpark, there will be no reservation made for any Operator who does not have a Visitor Centre Group pre-booking and they will only be admitted if the OPW’s designated car park management Contractor decides that there is either capacity to handle them or that they can drop off visitors and depart again immediately.

  3. All buses admitted to the Centre carpark to drop off passengers must immediately depart and may not under any circumstances park on the turning circle as this will bring all through traffic to a stop and will mean that Buses approaching the Centre from Laragh will be unable to access the site.

  4. All operational decisions in relation to management of the car park facility on the day are made on OPW’s behalf by our Contractor and we would ask for your patience and forbearance in permitting them to do their job.

  5. Any incidents of abuse of either OPW Centre staff or our Contractor’s personnel will be noted and reported to An Garda Siochána.

OPW Heritage Services - 13th July 2017. 

This early Christian ecclesiastical settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The Visitor Centre has an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show. French and Spanish guided tours are available all year by advance booking. The Visitor Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. Access to the graveyard is very difficult for wheelchair users.

Location: Situated in Glendalough

Bus Route(s): St. Kevin's Bus Service +353 1 2818119
Day Tours operated by Bus Éireann. 

Guided Tours: Available for groups of 15 or more
Maximum number: 40 - 50
Duration: 30 - 40 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed: Yes. Comercial photography requires permission

Additional Information:
Audiovisual presentations: "Ireland of the Monasteries"
Seating: 90
Duration: 17  minutes
Language: English, French, German, Italian

Advance booking required for groups. Bookings accepted by telephone or fax. Booking not accepted by e-mail