Thursday 17 January 2019

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

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Jerpoint Abbey, a ruined Cistercian abbey near Thomastown
Jerpoint Abbey, a ruined Cistercian abbey near Thomastown
Eilish and Isobel Conachy stroll across the meadows in front of the beautiful and imposing Castletown House, Ireland's biggest Palladian house
Ceide Fields, Mayo. Photo: Alison Crummy/Fáilte Ireland
5. Garinish Island, West Cork | Photo by George Munday/Tourism Ireland
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.
Tintern Abbey, Wexford. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
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 Rathfarnham Castle, which usually charges €13 for a family visit and Jerpoint Abbey in Kilkenny (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 info, correct as of July 2018.

Clare

Ennis Friary

Cork

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5. Garinish Island, West Cork | Photo by George Munday/Tourism Ireland

Desmond Castle (French Prison)

Ilnacullin (above, also known as Garinish Island)

Donegal

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Glebe House, Donegal. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

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).

Farmleigh, Phoenix Park

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

Portumna Castle and Gardens

Kerry

Ardfert Cathedral

Derrynane House, National Historic Park

Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, The Blascaod Centre

Kildare

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Eilish and Isobel Conachy stroll across the meadows in front of the beautiful and imposing Castletown House, Ireland's biggest Palladian house

Castletown House & Parklands

Kilkenny

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Jerpoint Abbey, a ruined Cistercian abbey near Thomastown

Jerpoint Abbey

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

Hill of Tara

Roscommon

Boyle Abbey

Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Sligo Abbey

Tipperary

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The Rock of Cashel at sunset.

Ormond Castle

Roscrea Heritage (Roscrea Castle and Damer House)

Swiss Cottage

Waterford

Reginald's Tower

Wexford

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Tintern Abbey, Wexford. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Tintern Abbey

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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