Free day out? OPW-managed heritage sites are free to visit on the first Wednesday of the month
Did you know that access to many OPW-managed heritage sites is free on the first Wednesday of every month?
Families looking for a free day out in Ireland, here's your chance.
Many heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works open for free on the first Wednesday of every month, for the duration of their season.
That means sites like Kilkenny Castle, which usually charges €20 for a family visit and Ross Castle in Killarney (pictured above, €13 for families), won't cost a cent to visit - subject to capacity, of course.
Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid delays at some of the busier sites.
Here's the full list (those with an asterisk are open year-round; others may have seasonal opening hours). See here for more 2018 info.
Desmond Castle (French Prison)
Ilnacullin (above, also known as Garinish Island)
Glebe House and Gallery (above)
The Casino, Marino (NB: Closed at present. See heritageireland.ie for updates).
Dún Aonghasa, Inis Mór*
Portumna Castle and Gardens
Pearse Cultural Centre, Connemara
Derrynane House, National Historic Park
Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, The Blascaod Centre
Ross Castle (above)
Old Mellifont Abbey
Battle of the Boyne – Oldbridge Estate
Trim Castle *
Rathcroghan (Contact Cruachan Aí, 071 963-9268)
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Rock of Cashel* (above)
Roscrea Heritage (Castle) and the Blackmills
John F. Kennedy Arboretum*
Glendalough Visitor Centre*
NB: This article is regularly updated to reflect changes. Email travel @ independent.ie if you have information to update! Note that there is NO free admission on first Wednesdays to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, Clonmacnoise or Brú na Bóinne.
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