Upper Lake, Glendalough. Copyright Gerry Cummins.

Glendalough is the 'honeypot' of the National Park, with more visitors than any other part. The combination of the stunning scenery and the fascinating monastic history make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The name Glendalough means 'valley of two lakes'. The valley stretches for over 3 km, and within it are several sites of interest.

Information Office

The National Park Information Office by the Upper Lake provides information about the Park, and also supplies a first aid service.

Sensory Garden

Behind the Information Office is a small garden that focuses on the five senses.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre focuses on the historical side of the valley, and in particular, on the adjacent Monastic City. Guided tours are available.

Monastic City

The site of an old monastic centre, this historic site contains a round tower, several small churches, and an old graveyard.

Upper Lake Historical Sites

The Upper Lake area was the original site of the monastic settlement, and features Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, St. Kevin's Cell, St. Kevin's Bed, the Caher, and various crosses.

Other Historical Sites

Other historic sites within the valley include St. Mary's Church and St. Saviour's Church.

Education Centre

The Education Centre is situated on the Miner's Road and provides a service for visiting schools.


Car parking, food options, toilets, lost property, first aid, wheelchair access.

Miners' Village

The ruined Miner's Village is located at the western end of the Upper Lake.

Walking Trails of Glendalough

There are nine waymarked walking trails around the valley, ranging from a short half hour stroll to a four hour hillwalk.

Glendalough Nature Trails

Download nature trail notes to accompany some of the Walkingh Trails of Glendalough.


National Parks & Wildlife Service, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Phone: +353 1 8882000 Fax: +353 1 8883272