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
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 responsibly.
There are toilet facilities for public use at the Monastic Site (Visitor Centre) and also at the Upper Lake Car Park area. (closed now at 4pm for the winter months)
First Aid facilities, including an AED (defibrillator) are available at the Information Office/Brockagh Resource Centre 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).
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:
- Wicklow National Park – Events page
- Brockagh Market & Car Boot -next date 10th Dec(every 2nd Sun of each month Except Jan/Feb)
- Brockagh Christmas Market – 10am to 3pm at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh A98 D3H1
- Laragh & Glendalough Christmas Tree Lighting Event – Santa Parade and Lighting of the Village.
- Candle Light Choir Event- Sing carols by candlelight on Tues 19th December at 8pm in St. Kevin’s Church, Laragh. Refreshments to follow.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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/
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