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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $35.72

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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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Convenient pick up points serving many city centre hotels 
  • Gresham Hotel, 23 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 @ 8.10 am.

  • Ulster Bank, 33 College Green / Dame Street, Dublin 2 (next to Abercrombie & Fitch) @ 8.20 am

  • Jurys Inn Hotel Christchurch, 8 Christchurch Place, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 @ 8.30 am

Please advise one of the above hotels in the special requirements field upon check out.
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
      Additional Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
      • Please advise one of the available pickup locations upon check out in the special requirements field
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      Cancellation Policy

      If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
      If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
      If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

      Traveler Reviews

      Reviewed by: edmond j, December 2016

      This tour is a must do if you have never been to Ireland. Our tour guide Conor and driver Sarah kept the tour on time and within minutes of the advertised length. Conor used the travel between destinations to explain the up coming stop and connect it historically to the previous ones. He had a lively personality and kept the tour interactive. I especially appreciated his passion for his heritage and his countries history. Each stop was distinctly different and the views of county side between stops was beautiful as well. This tour makes me want to return to Ireland to spend more time.

      Reviewed by: David E, December 2016

      Ireland was full of friends we had never met before. The Hotel Harding was a second home. Meals went from splendid to better than that. See photos. The tours, the tour guides, the landscape, were a well-matched combination of wonderful scenery and Irish wit. If we had the money, I'd go every month...