Glendalough Visitor Centre

Glendalough Visitor Centre

Contact Details

Address: Glendalough, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Telephone No: +353 404 45352 / 45325
Fax No: +353 404 45626
Email: george.mcclafferty@opw.ie


 

Opening Hours

 

2019

Open all Year

Mid October - Mid March: Daily 9.30 - 17.00
Mid March - Mid October: Daily 9.30 - 18.00

Visitor Centre will be closed from December 23rd to 29th inclusive

Last admission 45 mins. before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 1 - 1.5 hours

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Facilities

Toilets, disabled toilets, car/coach/bicycle park, self-guiding trail, outdoor picnic tables, extensive lawns

Restaurant/Tearooms: None

The OPW Heritage Service today  29/01/2019  announced the arrangements that will apply during 2019 for the management of the carpark at the popular Glendalough Visitor Centre in Laragh, Co. Wicklow. 

With effect from Saturday February 2nd 2019, contractors acting on the OPW's behalf will start the 2019 paid-admission operation of the carpark and will collect €4 per car to use the facility.   Visitors to the Glendalough Visitor Centre will be refunded this amount when they purchase admission to the Centre.     

The OPW also confirmed that Tour Operator buses who use the carpark to visit the Centre and the Monastic Site will not be charged for parking; however all other buses will be charged a total of €25 (€15.00 for minibuses with less than 20 seats and Camper Vans).

These arrangements will apply on weekends (Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays, Holy Days and Easter Week, from 02/02/19 to 28/04/19, monthly parking from 01/05/19 to 10/11/19 and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 05/10/19 to 26th January 2020 inclusive.  The car park is free on all other days.

Cars – Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays, Holy Days and Easter Week, from 02/02/19 to 28/04/19, Daily from 01/05/19 to 10/11/19 and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 05/10/19 to 26th January 2020 inclusive.

Buses - Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays, Holy Days and Easter Week, Daily from 02/02/19 to 28/04/19, Daily from 01/05/19 to 10/11/19 and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 05/10/19 to 26th January 2020 inclusive. 

In view of the fact that heavy volumes of traffic are anticipated over the summer period, Operators are warned to take note of the following in particular:

  1. Certain Tour Operators who have pre-booked groups to visit the Glendalough Visitor Centre over the course of the summer will have priority when accessing the Centre carpark and bus parking spaces will be reserved for those Operators who have a confirmed booking.

  2. Given the limited capacity of the carpark, there will be no reservation made for any Operator who does not have a Visitor Centre Group pre-booking and they will only be admitted if the OPW’s designated car park management Contractor decides that there is either capacity to handle them or that they can drop off visitors and depart again immediately.

  3. All buses admitted to the Centre carpark to drop off passengers must immediately depart and may not under any circumstances park on the turning circle as this will bring all through traffic to a stop and will mean that Buses approaching the Centre from Laragh will be unable to access the site.

  4. All operational decisions in relation to management of the car park facility on the day are made on OPW’s behalf by our Contractor and we would ask for your patience and forbearance in permitting them to do their job.

  5. Any incidents of abuse of either OPW Centre staff or our Contractor’s personnel will be noted and reported to An Garda Siochána.

OPW Heritage Services

This early Christian ecclesiastical settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The Visitor Centre has an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show. French and Spanish guided tours are available all year by advance booking. The Visitor Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. Access to the graveyard is very difficult for wheelchair users.

Location: Situated in Glendalough

Bus Route(s): St. Kevin's Bus Service +353 1 2818119
Day Tours operated by Bus Éireann. 

Guided Tours: Available for groups of 15 or more
Maximum number: 40 - 50
Duration: 30 - 40 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed: Yes. Comercial photography requires permission

Additional Information:
Audiovisual presentations: "Ireland of the Monasteries"
Seating: 90
Duration: 17  minutes
Language: English, French, German, Italian

Advance booking required for groups. Bookings accepted by telephone or fax. Booking not accepted by e-mail