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Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City

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Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City

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Combine ancient monuments, medieval gems and natural wonders on this full-day tour from Dublin. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains; admire views of the Sugar Loaf Mountains, Wicklow Gap, and Turlogh waterfall; and discover the 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Then, enjoy free time to explore lively Kilkenny and visit landmarks like the Kilkenny Castle, the Black Abbey or the Cathedral of Saint Canice (own expense).
  • Full-day tour of Kilkenny and Wicklow from Dublin
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Travel by comfortable bus or coach
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors!
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Live commentary on board
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Pick-up and drop off in Dublin (Refer to voucher for further information)
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Entrance to Kilkenny Castle
34 O'Connell Street Lower , 34 O'Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 EY17, Ireland

Meet at Paddywagon Office at The Spire - 34 O'Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1.

9:10 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Bookings made through Viator will automatically be signed up for the pickup point and collection time specified in the booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • If you wish to change your reservation to one of the other pick-up locations offered by Paddywagon Tours, you will need to contact us by telephone or email not later than 17:00 the evening prior so that we can guarantee the change. Please note that changes are only guaranteed once confirmed in writing by us.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 58 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paddywagon Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City ?
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "There is a church at the end of the road but it closes at 4 pm." See review
  • "You have plenty of time to hike and venture out." See review

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Ireland countryside
, Aug 2022
Such a fun experience! We traveled from Nebraska and Stayed in Dublin so it was nice to get out of the city and see the countryside. Our driver and guide Richard O’Brien was 10 out of 10. Very funny and entertaining but also learned a lot about Ireland history. Also enjoyed his bus ride playlist. Highly recommend this tour!
Great experience of the Ireland countryside.
, Aug 2022
The guide provided great insight into the history of Ireland and how far they have come as a country. I appreciated how he interacted with each person on the tour individually.
Go yourself to Glendalough!
, Jul 2022
Glendalough is stunning and I could have spent hours there! Unfortunately we spent 5 and half hours of our 9 hour tour on a bus!! We got an hour and half at Glendalough and Kilkenny is really not worth a 2 hour trip - a lovely city but nothing amazing! Really disappointed as was not informed that most of the time will be spent on a coach!
Not what you expect on a whole day tour!
, Jul 2022
The lakes and the castle. The problem was that we were not told enough about the journey time and given very little time at the two stops that were made.
Good tour.
, Jul 2022
Glendalough is interesting and the hikes around the lakes are beautiful. The time in Kilkenny was good and the day we’ll paces.
Educate yourself to the beauty and history of the region
, Jul 2022
Spectacular scenery and witty narration by Josh our tour guide. The overview of Irish history was enlightening.
An almost perfect day
, Jun 2022
Only issue was a major traffic delay returning to the starting point, obviously not the guide's fault, he was great, and he was happy to drop us closer our hotel.
Poorly organised trip
, May 2022
It was a waste of time and money. In overall it is really poorly organised. This is a clear example of a tourist trap. The car arrived 30min late in the morning, there was no tour guide, only a kind driver who had very little experience of this itinerary and was not able to provide us with any insights. The two visits Glendalough and Kilkenny are far too short (no time to do main trekking to get to the upper lake) and arriving to Killkeny there is not even enough time to do the visit of the castle) Thus better to take public transport than spend so much money for ultimately not much
Driver and guide Richard...
, Apr 2022
Driver and guide Richard was so jovial and knowledgeable, learnt a lot of history about Ireland throughout the ride and didn't feel tired at all even after 9 hours of journey.
great way to see the sights outside of Dublin
, Feb 2020
Excellent choices for stops, the tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our only complaint is that the stops seemed to be too short to really enjoy a few of the attractions we went to.
Kilkenny town is worth to explore
, Feb 2020
The highlight of this tour that I like is Kilkenny Castle and Kilkenny town. This Little town is fun to explore where there are a lot of cafes souvenir stores and restaurants. There is a church at the end of the road but it closes at 4 pm. Glendalough is not my favorite. It was freezing cold there. One thing I would like to mention is that I left my glasses in the bus and I had to catch the flight back home the next morning. I frantically called the tour and they said they would contact the driver but chances were very slim. The next morning, I called before I left, they told me to meet in front of the tour office . I went there and I got my glasses. I really appreciate their effort to find and give me back my glasses. Thank you.
, Aug 2019
Wonderful sites. Wicklow Gap, Glendalough, Kilkenny The guide (Josh) and the driver were knowledgeable, funny and we learnt a lot about Ireland and its past. The pace of the tour was ok, allowing enough time to enjoy all the places seen. I strongly reccommend it. The stop at Glendalough is a little too long I think. Something else could be inserted in the schedule of the trip.
Great tour!
, Aug 2019
A great tour all around! The tour guide, Chris, and the driver, Andre, were amazing Chris was full of knowledge! Definitely recommend this tour!
Good trip
Jesille E
, Aug 2019
My friends and I decided to do this trip as we are all interested in nature. We were not disappointed with the scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains, the Sugar Loaf Mountains and the Wicklow Gap. The waterfalls were beautiful and our driver/guide was very insightful and very funny. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is short of time and want to make the most of it.
Very beautiful trip!!
, Dec 2018
It was a very beautiful trip!! We had a great busdriver / tourgide who explained everything very well!! Paddywagon is a good place to take tours with!!
Nice to get out of the City
, Oct 2018
We originally rented a car to get around, but returned it just a few days before we left Ireland. We didn't want to be secluded to just Dublin so we chose this bus tour. Although we had already been to these places with the rental, there was so much more to see and explore! You have plenty of time to hike and venture out. I LOVE that it was self guided and you could choose what you wanted to see and do when at the destinations. Kilkenny was beautiful and the town itself is quaint with many pubs, restaurants, and shops. We didn't experience this on the tour but the pub, The Field, has great live music at night. I would highly recommend if you want a fun upbeat night in Kilkenny! Glendalough and Wicklow was just stunning! The ponds and lakes are so picturesque with the mountains as a back drop, it looks like a painting. You can't go wrong with this tour!
This tour was a great value for what...
Jeanine C
, Oct 2017
This tour was a great value for what you got. The tour guide/driver was knowledgeable and funny and could really maneuver that bus around those thin winding roads. Side note to that...if you tend to get carsick you are best off sitting at the front of the bus, these roads are bumpy and winding! Glendalough was gorgeous and the muffins in the little hotel restaurant there were fabulous. Kilkenny was very enjoyable. We chose to use our time there touring Kilkenny Castle. We had enough time to go in a few shops and stop for lunch. I would have enjoyed more time in this medieval town. Overall I highly recommend this tour. I also recommend starting the tour in the morning at the first meeting spot as the bus tends to fill up and it may be difficult to sit by family or friends if you join at the second or third location.
Would definitely recommend this...
, Oct 2017
Would definitely recommend this tour! We absolutely loved Kilkenny and the Wicklow mountains were so beautiful!
Kilkenny is a fabulous medieval town...
Robyne R
, Sep 2017
Kilkenny is a fabulous medieval town with lots of things to see.
Our guide Bailey was great! Funny...
, Jun 2017
Our guide Bailey was great! Funny and knowledgeable. Lovely drive up through Wicklow Mountains. Stopped at Glendalough. Walked to lower and upper lakes for photos and viewed Round Towers and monastic site. If you want to reach the upper lake, be warned it is about a 3.4km round trip walk so keep up a steady pace and take your pics of the monastic site on the way back. Alternatively, just walk to lower lake the first lake then back to monastic site. Won't be missing out on much. Kilkenny was great. Enough time for a walk around, quick lunch and tour of Kilkenny castle and grounds.

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