Believed to be one of the most important monastic sites in the whole of Ireland, Glendalough Monastic Site is based within the picturesque Wicklow Mountains and stretches out over 3km.
Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, the site was developed into a “monastic city”, with a series of historic buildings being added over the years. This includes a 30-metre high round tower, the remains of which still stand today, as well as St. Mary’s and St. Kevin’s churches, and a series of further churches built from the 10th – 12th century. Although some of the “city” did suffer from Viking and Norman invasions, there is still much that remains of the historic buildings that were built there hundreds of years ago. This Viking history has made Glendalough an important site for those looking to find out more about the Viking influence on Ireland some one thousand years ago.
This collection of ruins at this ancient monastic site is among the very best in Ireland and are just one reason for Glendalough being one of the most popular visitor attractions in County Wicklow. People have been drawn to this part of Ireland for thousands of years, with the magical lakes and amazing scenery standing Glendalough apart from other monastic sites in Ireland.
Open and accessible all year round, Glendalough makes for a perfect day out, as you explore the history and heritage of this ancient monastic city, before setting off to enjoy the many wonderful walks that lie in wait through Wicklow National Park, the largest National Park in Ireland. With ample parking available and a visitor centre, Glendalough Monastic Site is a must visit for those of you wishing to find out more about the great history of this land.