Welcome to Glendalough.ie
For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
Access to the Monastic City: The monuments and lakes are accessible all year round at anytime of the day however the car parks may have the barrier down early in the morning and late in the evening. There is no charge to see the Monastic sites(churches/round tower) or the Upper and Lower Lakes except the car park fees for the Upper Lake and the Visitor Centre at the Monastic Site. Visitors are advised not to leave valuables in their cars, especially in the more remote locations.See parking fees
Parking in Glendalough and the surrounding area.
Dogs are welcome in Glendalough but MUST be kept on leads at all times and owners are to dispose of any dirt.
There are toilet facilities for public use at the Monastic Site (Visitor Centre) and also at the Upper Lake Car Park area.
First Aid facilities, including an AED (defibrillator) are available at the Information Office and at the Laragh petrol station 1.5km from Glendalough. Other emergency services may also be alerted from here.
There are no ATM in Glendalough but is an ATM Laragh village at the petrol station inside the Shop(opening hours only). The next nearest ATM is outside the bank in Rathdrum (24 hours) or inside the Centra shop in Roundwood (opening hours only).
Wicklow Mountains National Park
The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. The National Park also run educational nature walks for adults and children. You can see a list of activities by clicking on their website link below or by phone at Education Centre (0404 45656).
Visit their website www.wicklowmountainsnationalpark.ie/
Buy the DVD on Glendalough
Explore the Valley of Glendalough with local guide Michael Rodgers SPS, where Saint Kevin lived in the 6th Century AD and the monastic settlement that flourished here from the 11th Century AD.
Discover the Monastic City under the last remaining double-arched granite gateway into sanctified ground where travelers would come in search of teaching from the learned monks and scholars that lived here between the 10th-13th century AD.
Enjoy the scenic walks through oak forests, along lake-shore, or up steep mountain trail to reach panoramic views looking out over the valley.