Welcome to Glendalough.ie
The official website of Glendalough Co Wicklow, one of Ireland’s most beautiful visitors’ destinations.

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 

Watch Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Co.Wicklow short film. (OPW with the Dept of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht)

Parking in Glendalough and the surrounding area.

Dogs are welcome in Glendalough but MUST be kept on leads at all times(wildlife conservation area) and owners are to dispose of any dirt responsibily.

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).

Outdoor Events 2022 

The Glendalough Valley is open all year round but there are planned events on certain dates that may slow down traffic or entry time for visitors to the Glendalough Valley:

Go to our glendalough.ie Facebook Page  or Twitter Page for up to date events in the area.


  • Wicklow Mountains National Park   Family Fun Days at 2 – 4pm every Tuesday for July and August. Fun for all the family with nature walks, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and bug safaris. Free with booking essential. To book or for further details email us at wickloweduactioncentre@housing.gov.ie. Parking: Wicklow County Council, Upper Lake Car Park, A98W778 (parking charges apply).
  • Glendalough Heritage Forum  We are delighted to announce that Glendalough Community Excavations will return 8th-19th August 2022. If you have an interest in archaeology and Glendalough it is a fantastic experience. We regret we cannot offer places to those under 18 this year but we hope to welcome younger participants again next year. Adult places (subject to availability) are available from fixed blocks of two or three days. No prior knowledge of excavation is required and we endeavour to accommodate people of all abilities. For information and details of application please email glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com.
  • Wicklow Athletics Off-Road Championship

    The Wicklow Athletics Off-Road Championship is coming to Laragh on 20th of August starting from 9:30 and with finishers expected from 10:20 and until 13:00.  The races start and finish on the GAA grounds.

    The clubs of Wicklow will be competing for individual and team honours across various age categories as part of the Derrybawn Woods 10k race (open for entry to the public) and on the same day as the Run the Ridge 20k event (raising funds for Glendalough AC and the juvenile section of Laragh Gaa)

    There’ll be an option to support and cheer on the runners both down at the GAA grounds and out on the route (the bird-gate zig-zags will be a particularly good spot).

    If you want to run yourself follow the links below:

    Wicklow club athletes: https://www.myrunresults.com/…/wicklow…/4530/details

    Runners who are not members of Wicklow Athletics clubs: https://worldsmarathons.com/marathon/run-the-ridge

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Education Centre

The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice 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/

About Wicklow Passport

Inspired by the success of the ‘Camino Passport’ in Spain, the Wicklow Passport is designed to be filled with a series of stamps collected by visiting various activities, attractions, and hospitality on offer across the county.

Collect your Wicklow Passport FREE at participating locations, the Wicklow Libraries at Bray, Greystones, Arklow and Blessington or order online at http://bit.ly/WicklowPassport (€2 for postage).

Download the Four Wicklow Passport Routes – choose from Wicklow East Coast, West Wicklow, South Wicklow and Wicklow Mountains Routes.

Drive, cycle or walk around Wicklow and collect the various Wicklow Stamps at participating ‘Stamping Locations’. Discover the many attractions, activities and places to eat, drink and stay along the way. The full list of stamping locations and the four passport routes are available at http://visitwicklow.ie/passport