Glendalough Monastery & Avoca Mills

Glendalough (Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Glen of the Two Lakes’). is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”.Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches, and decorated crosses. The round tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The site also includes a Celtic high cross, St. Mary’s Church and St. Kevin’s Church. The remains of three stone crosses and a stone fort are also to be found between the upper and lower lakes. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united. Close to the monastic city is the interactive center. The center features an audiovisual and has a model of the monastic site on display. You will be welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff where all your questions will be answered.  Glendalough is one of the top attraction on Ireland’s Ancient East.

Avoca Handweavers, Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you’ll find a large Avoca Store and Café, and a working handweaving mill. The Mill itself dates from 1723 and is said to be the oldest extant manufacturer in Ireland and, indeed, one of the world’s oldest.
Visitors are welcome to view the whole weaving process at first hand with a Tour of the Mill. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to see a working mill and to view the finished product in the store afterward.
The picturesque village of Avoca itself was the fictional home of BBC TV’s Ballykissangel. Overall, the warm and friendly atmosphere in this charming and historical location makes the visit to Avoca a wonderful experience.


START TIME Your Accommodation / Cruise Ship – 8:30 AM. Approximately
END TIME Approximately 5:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable Clothing, Walking Shoes, & Sunscreen.(Summer Months)
Transport & All Tolls
Bottled Water & Refreshments
Driver/Guide Gratuity
Admission Charges

Glendalough Monastery / Visitors Centre

Admission Charges :


Adult                          € 4.00            Senior / Group             €  3.00
Child / Student      € 2.00            Family                              € 10.00



Other Venues in the area that may be of interest to you.

  • Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park.
  • Russborough House
  • Lough Tay
  • Enniskerry

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