Glendalough is a small hamlet that is home to the ruins of an ancient monastery dating from the 6th century. A perfect place for a stopover, the area is ideal for a stroll between Upper Lake and Lower Lake, two beautiful lakes that contrast beautifully with the surrounding green plains. The place is breathtakingly quiet and has a history of over 1500 years…
Glendalough Monastery was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin the priest, a hermit who decided to settle in County Wicklow to devote himself to monastic life. Over the years, many of the priest’s disciples and devotees came to join him, and expanded Glendalough by building other places of worship, such as churches, dwellings, etc., thus making Glendalough a true ecclesiastical cultural centre.
Christianity, Irish grammar and other forms of knowledge from the rare books in the village were taught here.
The hamlet was active for many centuries until 1398, when Glendalough was sadly devastated by the English, leaving behind it ruins. Only a few buildings are still standing to this day.
A visit to Glendalough is easy and unrestricted: you can get there every day of the year, from 8am to 6pm, except on public holidays. A Visitor Centre is available, offering a comprehensive exhibition on monastic life in Ireland and Europe at the time. It also presents the history of Glendalough, as well as the life of St Kevin, the founder of the monastery. Of course, this visit to the Visitor Centre is not compulsory, but it can help you to better situate the historical context of the village…
After a short half-hour presentation, you can then discover Glendalough and its dry stone ruins beaten by the wind, cold and sun. Access to the ruins of Glendalough is via a small wooden bridge. You will then find yourself in front of a small village with several religious buildings and an important cemetery. Also you will be able to discover during your visit :
from mid-October to mid-March, every day from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm | from mid-March to the end of May, every day from 9:20 am to 6:00 pm | June, July, August, every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm | from September to mid-October, every day from 9:20 am to 6:00 pm