Yippee! Free Admission to OPW Sites for Rest of 2021

Jill Holtz

May 15, 2021

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We are very fortunate in Ireland to have lots of amazing heritage sites to visit with great outdoor spaces perfect for kids. This summer as you plan your days out with the kids in Ireland, we’ve got some great news for you – it’s FREE admission to OPW Heritage Ireland sites for the rest of 2021!

Where Are Ireland’s OPW Sites?

We were delighted to hear that Minister O’Donovan had announced that there will be free admission to OPW visitor sites in support of the Government’s recovery and reopening plan.

Admission charges to all fee-paying OPW heritage sites have been waived, and just in time for inter-county travel again with museums and galleries allowed to reopen. This summer as you plan your days out or staycation in Ireland, check out all the OPW heritage sites, parks and museums.

And best of all, this will remain in force until the end of the year.

Certain of the busiest sites are available on a pre-booked basis only by online booking, email or phone booking and this will be indicated on the Heritage Ireland website. So visitors are strongly advised to check with these sites in advance.

Leinster OPW Sites Free to Visit

Kilkenny Castle

These are the Leinster OPW Sites that are free to visit:

Altamont House & Gardens, Co. Carlow

Gardens/Parklands open, Café takeaway only.

Arbour Hill, Dublin

Open as normal.

Casino Marino Building, Dublin

Closed for refurbishments. Grounds open to public.

Dublin Castle

State Apartments self-guiding only. Gardens and The Coach House Gallery open.

Farmleigh House & Estate, Dublin

House & Galleries closed. Gardens/Parklands open. Café takeaway only.

Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

Open as normal.

Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin

Open as normal.

Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Dublin

Open as normal.

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Open as normal.

National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, Dublin

Visitor Centre closed, toilets available. Gardens/Parklands open. Café takeaway only.

Phoenix Park, Dublin

Visitor Centre open. Park open as normal. Café takeaway only. Walled Garden open.

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

Castle will open, self-guiding only, from 24 May. Café takeaway only.

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

Gardens/Parklands open.

St. Enda’s Park & Pearse Museum, Dublin

Museum & Nature Room closed. Gardens/Parklands open as normal. Café takeaway only.

St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Open as normal.

Castletown House & Parklands, Kildare

Parklands open. Car park. Café take-away only. Castletown House is open Wed-Sun, downstairs, self-guiding only, from 12 May.

Jerpoint Abbey, Kilkenny

Access to outside spaces only.

Kilkenny Castle & Demesne

Castle open, self-guiding only. Gardens/Parklands open. Tearoom outdoor service only. Playground COVID protocols apply.

Emo Court, Laois

House closed. Gardens and parklands open. Café takeaway only.

Heywood Gardens, Laois

Open as normal.

Corlea Trackway, Longford

Access to outside spaces only. Visitor Centre closed but toilets are available.

Battle of the Boyne, Meath

Gardens/Parklands open as normal. House/Visitor Centre open. Café takeaway service.

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth), Meath

Access to buses and sites through Visitor Centre. Pre-booking essential. Exhibition open, café open for takeaway and to those booked on tours only, access by bus only to Newgrange and Knowth Outside only (no access to tomb chamber). Dowth – visitors can go direct to site via N51 – Outside Only. No access through visitor centre

Hill of Tara, Meath

Access to outside spaces only.

Kells Priory, Meath

Access to outside spaces only.

Loughcrew, Meath

Access to outside spaces only

Trim Castle, Meath

Access to outside spaces only.

Clonmacnoise, Offaly

Access to outside spaces only.

J.F.K. Arboretum, Wexford

Visitor Centre open. Café closed but mobile service in operation. Playground COVID protocols apply.

Glendalough, Wicklow

Access to outside spaces only.

National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh, Wicklow

Gardens open as normal. Toilets available. Café takeaway only.

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Munster OPW Sites Free to Visit

Winter Walks for Families; Doneraile Park, Cork

Charles Fort, Cork

Access to outside spaces only. Visitor Centre and other internal exhibition spaces closed.

Doneraile Court, Cork

House open Thurs-Sun, downstairs, self-guiding only, from 13 May Gardens/Parklands open Café Take-away/outdoor service only

Fota Arboretum, Cork

Gardens open as normal.

Garinish Island, Cork

Island and gardens open Fri to Sun. Bryce House open for escorted self-guided visits from 21 May. Café open.

Ardfert Cathedral, Kerry

Open as normal.

Blasket Islands & Visitor Centre, Kerry

Visitor Centre closed for refurbishments. Viewing Point open.

Derrynane House & Garden, Kerry

House open Wed-Sun, self-guiding only, from 12 May. Gardens open.

Ross Castle, Kerry

Escorted access to the Castle from 14 May.

Askeaton Castle, Limerick

Access to outside spaces only.

Desmond Castle, Newcastle West, Limerick

Outdoor tours only. Self-guiding access to ground floor of castle with limited access to castle banqueting hall.

Cahir Castle, Tipperary

Access to outside spaces only.

Ormond Castle, Tipperary

Access to outside spaces only from 15 May.

Rock of Cashel, Tipperary

Access to outside spaces only.

Roscrea Heritage Centre, Tipperary

Access to outside spaces only.

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Connacht OPW Sites Free to Visit

Portumna Castle Galway

Athenry Castle, Galway

Access to outside spaces only. Castle access basement only.

Aughnanure Castle, Galway

Access to outside spaces only. Castle closed.

Dún Aonghasa, Inis Mór, Galway

Access to outside spaces only. Visitor Centre closed.

Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsiagh, Galway

Access to Visitor Centre self-guiding only, escorted access only to the cottage.

Portumna Castle, Galway

Access to outside spaces only. Castle self-guided access from 14 May.

Parke’s Castle, Leitrim

Access to outside spaces only.

Boyle Abbey, Sligo

Open from 20 May.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Sligo

Access to outside spaces only. Visitor Centre closed.

Ulster OPW Sites Free to Visit

Glebe House & Gallery, Donegal

House and Gallery closed. Gardens and parklands open.

Free Admission to OPW Sites for Rest of 2021

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Published On: May 15th, 2021 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: June 8th, 2021 / Tags: , , , , , , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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