The Glendalough & Powerscourt tour is one of Ireland's best day's out.
Take the tour and find out why!
- Visit the lakes and medieval city at Glendalough
- Roam the elegant Georgian gardens at Powerscourt
- Enjoy lunch or tea and scones at the Avoca Cafe
- See the stunning scenery of Wicklow and the Wicklow mountains
- 2 Children go Free with each paying adult
Experience two of Ireland's most beautiful destinations, situated right on Dublin’s doorstep on a perfect day tour to Wicklow. You'll visit Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, voted No.3 in National Geographic's Top 10 Gardens of the World, and historic Glendalough, home to Ireland's oldest monastic city.
Departing from Dublin City Centre, the tour takes in the beautifully developed Docklands area of Dublin City, before travelling along the great sweep of Dublin Bay, passing by Beach Road at Sandymount. The tour then travels inland, climbing the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, and continues to the enchanting old world village of Enniskerry, home to Powerscourt Estate and Gardens.
Powerscourt Estate & Gardens
Set in the wild Wicklow countryside, overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is one of the best sites to visit along Ireland's Ancient East. With over 47 acres to explore, visitors will experience formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, as well as the stunning house and an opportunity to have lunch looking at one of Ireland's best views. Voted No.3 in the Top 10 Gardens in the World, Powerscourt is a must see location, and is also the setting for many films.
Experience 300 years of garden design and visit the walled gardens, the Italian garden, the dolphin pond, the Japanese gardens, Pets Cemetery and the Pepperpot Tower, among other features and attractions.
To make the most of your time at Powerscourt - check out Dublin Sightseeing's overview of Powerscourt.
Glendalough - Historic Monastic Site in the Garden of Ireland
Passengers on the tour can then explore the highlights of Glendalough with a visit to this monastic settlement, which was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.
Steeped in both natural beauty and history, Glendalough is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Wicklow and Ireland. It is little wonder, given the stunning landscape, historic ruins and beautiful walks in the area.
Glendalough (Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Valley of the Two Lakes’) is situated in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The ancient monastery is a fascinating site, having been founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The round tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area.
To get a full overview of Glendalough - check out Dublin Sightseeing's guide to Glendalough
On returning to Dublin, the tour will pass through even more spectacular landscapes and the ever changing scenery of the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains. Visitors have approximately 1 hour - 1 hour 10 minutes in each location.
*2 Kids under 14 go free with each paying adult. Offer does not apply to group or discount bookings.
Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens Tour
Departs from Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O'Connell Street. Tours Depart at 10:30 and return at 17:00.
Perhaps Ireland's oldest town, Dún Laoghaire is named after its founder, the High King of Ireland who used the area as his sea-fort for raiding into Britain and France. The harbour is notable for it's two granite piers. The East Pier is particularly popular with walkers, while the West Pier is heavily used year-round by windsurfers. Other features of the town include the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and a Martello Tower in nearby Sandycove, known as the James Joyce Tower. The famous Peoples Park Farmers Market is also there every Sunday.
Sandycove is a pleasant little harbour where the James Joyce Museum can be found in the Martello Tower built in 1804. This tower was lived in briefly by James Joyce and became famous as the setting for the opening of Ulysses. The museum was opened in 1962, featuring memorabilia, letters, first editions of Joyce's works and other Joycean memorabilia.
The picturesque village of Enniskerry is located east of The Wicklow Way. The heart of the village retains its elegant Victorian feeling with its most distinctive feature is the clock tower dating from 1843. It was erected as a memorial to the Wingfield family then owners of the nearby Powerscourt Estate.
Powerscourt House and Gardens are probably the finest in Ireland, both for their design and their dramatic setting at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. Richard Wingfield, the first Viscount Powerscourt, commissioned the house and grounds in the 1730's. It now incorporates a range of specialty shops as well as a restaurant, golf course and formal gardens.
Glendalough, known as the “Valley of the Two Lakes” is an area as rich in spectacular scenery as it is in historical significance. Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. It is here that St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united.