This Wednesday, the 1st August is the first Wednesday of the month and access to all OPW heritage sites around the country will be free on that day. This is a part of an initiative launched in July 2011 in order to stimulate an interest in our built heritage and to encourage visits by a wider section of all communities living in Ireland, in addition to visitors from abroad. The free access programme will continue on the first Wednesday of every month between now and the end of this year”.
I would encourage as many people as are able to visit any of our sites to avail of this opportunity to see and experience the wonderful presentation of our national heritage at a location near them.
Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Normal conditions of admission apply.
Visitors may experience delays at some of our busier sites and are advised to arrive early.
If allocated a time, visitors are asked to arrive promptly for the start of their tour. There is no guarantee that visitors who miss their allocated tour-slot can be accommodated at a later time. Children must be supervised at all times.
Access to some sites is by guided tour only. In the case of Newgrange and Knowth, there is no direct access to these monuments – admission is solely via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.
Car-parking may be limited at some sites and patrons are requested to respect the facilities and other car park users.
Please Note that the following sites are not managed by the OPW and normal arrangements apply: Muckross House & Gardens, and Muckross Traditional Farms; Glenveagh Castle.
N.B. Only those sites with an asterisk are open all year round. All other sites listed have a shorter season or restricted opening in winter, and Free Admission will not apply outside the opening arrangements listed on http://www.heritageireland.ie for each site.
Opening times can change at short notice. Visitors are requested to check the website for updates prior to their visit.
Full details of all OPW managed heritage sites where guide services are provided can be found at www.heritageireland.ie“.