About The Round Tower Clondalkin
The Round Tower Clondalkin is over a 1000 years old. It was built in the centre of an early medieval monastery, which was originally founded by St Crónán Mo-Chua in the late 600s or early 700s AD. It is one of only four remaining round towers in Co. Dublin and is one of the best preserved.
The tower stands at 27.5 meters high and is just four meters wide at the bottom. Inside the original openings for the door and windows all survive. The tower and 19th century Mill cottages are now home to an education and interpretation centre, which is free to visit.
Activities to Do While Visiting The Round Tower Clondalkin
The Round Tower Clondalkin education and interpretation centre is an ideal venue for a family day out, combining fun with education!
There is lots to see and do when you visit, with two floors of interactive activities for kids to enjoy. You can meet exciting characters, build your own round tower, or dress up in costume and imagine what Clondalkin was like in days gone by.
In advance of your visit you can also download some fun colouring sheets and of course while you are visiting, be sure to look out for Milly the mouse who is hiding in every room of the exhibition! You can also download the tour as an audio guide on your phone.
The exhibition can be enjoyed through eight distinctive themed spaces of the refurbished 19th century Mill Cottages and brings to life the monastic setting, the Viking legacy, the 19th and early 20th-century setting of Clondalkin, a busy Dublin village, as well as exploring the role that round towers performed both socially and politically in Ireland.
On-Site Facilities include:
- Interactive visitor centre (free admission)
- Monastic Gardens (free admission)
- Gallery (free admission)
- Retail shop
The Round Tower Centre is fully accessible with lift, toilet facilities and on-site disability parking.
Things to Do In The Surrounding Area
The Round Tower Clondalkin is located close to Corkagh Park and the Grand Canal Greenway, which can easily be combined together to enjoy and explore the natural outdoors of Dublin in South Dublin County.
You can explore on foot or by bike, if you want to travel further afield!
For those wanting to stay close-by the Camac Valley Campsite is open year round and it perfect for exploring all that Dublin has to offer.