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Half-Day Private Glendalough, Wicklow, and Powerscourt Gardens Tour from Dublin

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Wicklow, best known as the "Garden of Ireland" gets its name from its surrounding greenery. Wicklow is at the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Located only thirty minutes South of Dublin it has mountains, cliffs, sandy beaches, hidden lakes, bogs and friendly villages. Glendalough's 6th Century monastic site will have you following on in the footsteps of St Kevin. Explore Wicklow Jail and experience the troubled times of the Irish Rebellion that took place back in 1798. Wander around and get lost in the beautiful gardens of Powerscourt and if you've time, grab a photo at the largest waterfall in Ireland.

This 6 hour private guided tour from Dublin will let you explore and experience Wicklow's amazing countryside. You'll have a local friendly and experienced guide who'll accompany you along the way. Our guides are natural story tellers full of passion and knowledgeable about the history of Ireland. They'll help you get the most out of your day.
  • Private tour means a flexible itinerary and personalized attention
  • Round-trip transportation so you can focus on the scenery
  • Multiple stops to get the feel of County Wicklow as a whole
  • Private guide provides engaging commentary tailored to your interests
What to Expect
Taking a private tour to County Wicklow means you are free to customize it however you like; let your guide know where your interests lie and he or she will be happy to change the stops or the durations to accommodate your preferences. After Dublin hotel pickup, sit back in your private tour vehicle and enjoy the scenery while your guide takes care of navigation and directions on the east coast route to Wicklow Gaol. Once you arrive, take an interactive tour led by actor guides to understand the history of its prisoners and make a stop in the Genealogy Room to trace your Irish ancestry. Continue on to Avoca village, where you’ll make a lunch stop and have some time to shop for some of the town’s famous handicrafts. After that, depart for Glendalough, a monastic city founded in the sixth century where you can explore the grounds and the ruins. The day’s last stop is Powerscourt Gardens, established in 1731. Take your time to walk through the sweeping terraces, statues, ornamental lakes, secret hollows, and rambling walks.  End your day with convenient drop-off back in Dublin. 
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any place of stay in Dublin. Please add where you would like to start your tour.


  • Dublin Airport, Dublin Ireland

Dublin cruise port
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12/1/2016 - 1/1/2021Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Local Guide
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer from anywhere in Dublin
  • Bottled water
  • Free WIFI (Some vehicles)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Additional Fee required if private collection from Dublin Airport
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • At time of booking, guests must provide preferred start time. This can be changed via contact anytime before the tour date
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Infant seats available upon request
  • Tour lasts approx 6 Hours. Additional sights mentioned in description can be included but may increase tour time. Hourly rates can be discussed directly with your guide on the day.
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking unless requested via notes on booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • All vehicles are a saloon vehicle and licensed to carry 4 passengers. As this requires 3 persons to sit in the back seats it may get a little cramped should everyone be tall. To request a minivan please add this to your notes.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 17 August 2019

We had an excellent day with Alan, who picked us up punctually alongside our cruise ship and proceeded to treat us to a multi-faceted tour of the Dublin countryside and its many historic and scenic sites, accompanied by a wealth of history and anecdotes. Alan...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 25 July 2019 via mobile

Alan was an excellent tour guide. He was friendly, accommodating, and very knowledgeable on virtually all topics concerning Dublin and Ireland in general. After learning that our daughter performs with a choir, Alan arranged for us to join and sing along with some local gentlemen...More

Thank pabrasse
Adventurer780946, Guest Relations Manager at Touristy, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2019

Hi pabrasse, Thank you for the great review ill pass on the kind words to Alan. I'm glad to hear you have an enjoyable tour especially getting involved with a local sing-song. Nice to have a stand out memory from your trip to Ireland. Regards,...More

Reviewed 8 May 2019 via mobile

Excellent tour with Alan B. First off Alan is a wonderful guide, if you have the opportunity to tour with him do not hesitate. He is incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining, history, geography,folklore. He met us (myself and my husband)in the lobby of our hotel at...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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louiseodonnelll, Guest Relations Manager at Touristy, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2019

Hi Mary Ellen, Thank you so much for the kind review. I'm delighted you had such a great experience, Alan is our lead guide and is so passionate about history and Irish culture. He really enjoyed the day with you guys as well. It sounds...More

Reviewed 24 April 2019

Our guide, Alan was punctual, knowledgeable and an excellent driver. We enjoyed an amazing tour of The Martello Tower - James Joyce Museum; Powerscourt Estate, the Powerscourt Waterfall and a side trip to Glendalough. All these attractions were wonderful and Alan filled us in on...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Judi R
louiseodonnelll, Guest Relations Manager at Touristy, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2019

Hi Judi, Thank you for the 5-star review, we really appreciate it. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour with Alan he has such a love for history and Irish culture and it really comes across when you meet him. You will have to book in...More

Reviewed 19 March 2019

Our guide Alan Bradley was wonderful! He arrived at our hotel on time and adjusted our tour due to the weather. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. We look forward to visiting again and booking another tour!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mccoypierce1
louiseodonnelll, Guest Relations Manager at Touristy, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2019

Hi mccoypierce1, Thank you for your review. Alan is always happy to change any detail due to weather or other reason, it is your trip after all! We are happy you had good fun. We hope to see you again. Kind regards, The Touristy Team.

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17 March 2019|
Response from bradley_touristy | Property representative |
Hello cruiselover2016. It is possible to be start your tour in Wicklow. This is no problem at all.
31 October 2018|
Response from TouristyIreland | Property representative |
Hi Michael, The cost of the tour is €430 per vehicle that can carry up to 4 passengers plus luggage. The price is based on 1-4 passengers sharing and not per person. Apologies if the price shown on Tripadvisor is misleading... More
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