Community Archaeology at Glendalough

Tours of the Excavation site, given everyday @ 2pm
The Archaeological Excavation at Glendalough

From the first week of August Glendalough will play host to a variety of activities centred around discovering more about the rich heritage of this area. Following on from our successful Community Excavation last year, the Glendalough Heritage Forum is delighted to be offering  opportunities for young and old to volunteer in a dig again this year.

  •  8th to 18th August interested individuals can sign up to participate for a day or several days in a volunteer excavation.No experience needed, participation is  open to anyone over 18, full training and supervision will be given on site.Booking in advance essential
  • Sat 12th August a one day junior excavation suitable for 13-17 year olds. All juniors must be be accompanied by a parent/guardian and registered in advance.
  • Sat 19th August  The ever popular ‘Big Dig’,  provides a simulated archaeological dig, giving children the opportunity to try their hands at archaeology. Professionals from the School of Irish Archaeology will be on hand to discuss treasures uncovered. Suitable for children aged 5-12 , free of charge places are limited and advance booking is required. To book a place click here , for more information contact

Glendalough shall be a hive of activity this Heritage Week (August 19th – 27th). Heritage Week is a national event that dedicates a time to focus and learn more about one’s surrounding heritage.  Among the events are tours of the excavation, tours of the graveyard, an open day, and an exhibition in the Brockagh Centre displaying rare sketches of Glendalough and a Nature Explorers walk from Wicklow Mountains National Park. For more see Heritage Week

Visit  Glendalough Heritage Forum to find out more about activities and events. Fill in the registration form below and forward it by e-mail to

The Glendalough Heritage Forum is a collaboration of organisations, individuals and stakeholder groups with an interest in increasing our understanding of the heritage of the Glendalough Valley. This programme of  activities is made possible by support from UCD School of Archaeology, Wicklow County Council and The Heritage Council. 



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