Monday 22 October 2018

Free day out? OPW-managed heritage sites are free to visit on the first Wednesday of the month

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Ross Castle, Killarney. Photo: Deposit
Ross Castle, Killarney. Photo: Deposit
Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly. Photo: Deposit
Dun Aonghasa, Inis Mor: The photograph was taken by Raymond Fogarty of AirCam Ireland using a drone. Fogarty's Wild Atlantic Way journey was supported by Fáilte Ireland.
Ceide Fields, Mayo. Photo: Alison Crummy/Fáilte Ireland
The Rock of Cashel at sunset.
Brú na Bóinne - the Neolithic site of Newgrange in county Meath.
Tintern Abbey, Wexford. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Compulsory: The Kilkenny Castle tour
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

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.

Clare

Ennis Friary

Cork

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The temple and Italian Garden and pond from the Casita (teahouse) at Garinish Island. Photo: George Munday/Tourism Ireland.

Charles Fort*

Desmond Castle (French Prison)

Ilnacullin (above, also known as Garinish Island)

Donegal

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Glebe House, Donegal. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Donegal Castle

Glebe House and Gallery (above)

Dublin

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The Casino at Marino

The Casino, Marino (NB: Closed at present. See heritageireland.ie for updates).

Rathfarnham Castle

Galway

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Dun Aonghasa, Inis Mor: The photograph was taken by Raymond Fogarty of AirCam Ireland using a drone. Fogarty's Wild Atlantic Way journey was supported by Fáilte Ireland.

Athenry Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Dún Aonghasa, Inis Mór*

Portumna Castle and Gardens

Pearse Cultural Centre, Connemara

Kerry

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Ross Castle, Killarney. Photo: Deposit

Ardfert Cathedral

Derrynane House, National Historic Park

Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, The Blascaod Centre

Ross Castle (above)

Kildare

Castletown House

Kilkenny

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Compulsory: The Kilkenny Castle tour

Dunmore Cave*

Jerpoint Abbey

Kilkenny Castle

Laois

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Emo Court, Co. Laois. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Emo Court

Leitrim

Parke's Castle

Limerick

Adare Castle

Louth

Old Mellifont Abbey

Mayo

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Ceide Fields, Mayo. Photo: Alison Crummy/Fáilte Ireland

Céide Fields

Meath

Battle of the Boyne – Oldbridge Estate

Trim Castle *

Roscommon

Boyle Abbey

Rathcroghan (Contact Cruachan Aí, 071 963-9268)

Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Sligo Abbey

Tipperary

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The Rock of Cashel at sunset.

Cahir Castle*

Ormond Castle

Rock of Cashel* (above)

Roscrea Heritage (Castle) and the Blackmills

Swiss Cottage

Waterford

Reginald's Tower

Wexford

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Tintern Abbey, Wexford. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

John F. Kennedy Arboretum*

Tintern Abbey

Wicklow

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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