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Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre

A valley of sanctuary for saints and scholars

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Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre

A valley of sanctuary for saints and scholars

See all opening times

Admission

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

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Glendalough,
Bray,
Co. Wicklow
A98 HC80

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Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre

In a stunning glaciated valley in County Wicklow, in the sixth century, one of Ireland’s most revered saints founded a monastery. The foundation of St Kevin at Glendalough became one of the most famous religious centres in Europe.

The remains of this ‘Monastic City’, which are dotted across the glen, include a superb round tower, numerous medieval stone churches and some decorated crosses. Of particular note is St Kevin’s Bed, a small man-made cave in the cliff face above the Upper Lake. It is said that St Kevin lived and prayed there, but it may actually be a prehistoric burial place that far predates him.

Learn all about this hallowed place in the fine interpretive centre before exploring the site for yourself. If you do, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the two lakes and a uniquely spiritual atmosphere.

Open all year.

Closed 23 – 29 December inclusive.

Last admission to buildings and toilets is 45 mins before closing

Average Length of Visit: 1 – 1.5 hours.

Notice

The Visitor Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. Access to the graveyard is very difficult for wheelchair users.

Toilets  close at 16:15 from mid October to Mid March. 

The toilets at the Upper Lake Car park (second car park ) are operated by Wicklow County Council and are not under the remit of the OPW.

 

 

Seasonal Opening Times

Mid March – Mid October

Daily 09:30 – 18:00

Last admission 17:15

Mid October – Mid March

Daily 09.30 – 17:00

Last admission 16:15

Contact

Glendalough,
Bray,
Co. Wicklow
A98 HC80

046 9407156

Getting Here

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Facilities

  • Baby Changing
  • Bookshop
  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Card Accepted
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Museum
  • Toilets
  • Walking trails
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet

Restrictions

  • Dogs on lead
  • Uneven walkways

Resources

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Glendalough Visitor Centre. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Glendalough Visitor Centre

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