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Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5300CASTLES
See Irish castles, caves and cloisters on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll head into Ireland's south-east region - an area as historically interesting as it is beautiful. Visit Kilkenny Castle and the monastic settlement of Glendalough while gaining insight into Irish folklore and history from your guide.


  • Includes free admission to top local attractions
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
After setting off from central Dublin, your first stop on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip will be the 12th century Kilkenny Castle - a beautiful Anglo-Norman castle that stands on the banks of the River Nore. You’ll have time to explore Kilkenny Castle’s beautiful gardens, before ambling into the city for lunch (available for an additional cost) and a stroll around its picturesque, cobbled streets. Kilkenny City has a rich heritage of cathedrals, Tudor houses and monasteries, and you'll gain a sense of its medieval history as you walk around. Before leaving the city, you'll see the St Francis Abbey Brewery, founded in the 12th century, where many Irish ales are still brewed today.

In the afternoon, your tour will continue over the Wicklow Gap, an unspoiled mountain pass that winds through the magnificent Wicklow Mountains National Park. The route is a photographer’s dream, so be sure to have your camera ready to capture sights of this wild mountain range that dominates the County Wicklow countryside.

Emerging from the west side of the Wicklow Gap, your day trip will reach the glacial valley of Glendalough - famous for its two beautiful lakes and monastic site, comprising the ruins of a medieval monastery and round tower. Reputedly founded by St Kevin, a hermit monk, the round tower was thought to have been created as a place of refuge for Irish monks in medieval times. You’ll have approximately 1.5 hours to explore this fascinating site at your leisure, before returning to Dublin.

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Hotel pickup from selected Dublin hotels:

  • Townhouse Guesthouse on Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1: 8am
  • Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1: 8:10am
  • Ulster Bank on College Green / Dame Street, Dublin 2: 8:20am
  • Jury’s Hotel Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8: 8:30am

Departure Time:
Hotel pickups commence from 8am - 8.30am from the listed Dublin Hotels
9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Trinity College in the city center

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Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

  • Hotel pickup from selected hotels in Dublin
  • Complimentary walking tours of of Kilkenny Medieval City & Glendalough Monastic Site
  • Stop at Wicklow Gap glacial valley
  • Free unlimited 4G wifi available on the coach
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop off
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: amy_stockli, February 2016

This was a wonderful trip the weather didn't cooperate very well but the scenery was lovely. Our tour guide shared a lot of interesting stories and information, and even gave some recommendations on what to do when we returned to Dublin. I'd love to take this tour again in the summer and see the difference in the scenery at Glendalough. Kilkenny City was beautiful and I would have loved to have spent more time there. We had to flip-flop our stops due to a late start traffic, and the weather so we were a little rushed in Kilkenny but we enjoyed what we were able to see.

Reviewed by: Christa K, January 2016

Wonderful way to get out of Dublinand see the countryside. I was traveling alone and felt. Rey co for table on this tour. I adored going to Glendalough. I opted out of the Kilkenny castle tour and walked around the city instead. It was lovely. Worth the time, certainly worth fee.

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Tour code: 5300CASTLES