Kids Go Free to OPW Sites


Good news just in time for the summer holidays. Kids under 12 can now visit all OPW Sites managed by the OPW Heritage Service for free. 

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This initiative will commence on Saturday the 1st of July and will ensure that all children under 12 will have an opportunity to visit these sites for free with their families during the holiday period.

This is a great opportunity for families to experience some of the best cultural and heritage sites in the country, places like Clonmacnoise, Kilkenny Castle, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel.

A visit to a Heritage site can be a fun family day out for all ages and with this new initative, it makes it a reasonably-priced outing for families.

The initiative will apply to all paid-admission sites operated by the OPW from Saturday the 1st of July 2017.


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Where can you visit the OPW Sites

Site Fulltime / Seasonal ALL Sites free to under 12s Charges apply at selected sites to 12s and over
Áras an Uachtaráin Fulltime FREE TO ALL
Altamont Gardens Fulltime FREE – Pay for Guided tours
Ardfert Cathedral Seasonal Pay
Athenry Castle Seasonal Pay
Aughnanure Castle Seasonal Pay
Ballyhack Castle Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Barryscourt Seasonal – Closed presently FREE TO ALL
Battle of the Boyne Fulltime Pay
Blasket Visitor Centre Seasonal Pay
Boyle Abbey Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Bryce House – Garinish Island Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Fulltime Pay
Cahir Castle Fulltime Pay
Carrowmore Seasonal Pay
Casino Marino Seasonal – Closed presently Pay
Castletown House Seasonal Parkland and café all year Pay
Céide Fields Seasonal Pay
Charles Fort Fulltime Pay
Clonmacnoise Fulltime Pay
Corlea Visitor Centre Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Derrynane House Seasonal Pay
Desmond Castle Seasonal Pay
Desmond Hall Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Donegal Castle Fulltime Pay
Dublin Castle Fulltime Pay
Dun Aonghasa Full time Pay
Dungarvan Castle Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Dunmore Caves Fulltime – Shorter Week Winter Pay
Emo Court Seasonal Pay
Ennis Friary Seasonal Pay
Farmleigh Fulltime FREE TO ALL
Ferns Castle Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Garinish Island Seasonal Pay
Glebe House and Gallery Seasonal Pay
Glendalough Visitor Centre Fulltime Pay
Gowran Church Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Hill of Tara Seasonal Pay
JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum Fulltime Pay
Jerpoint Abbey Full time – Shorter week in Winter. Pay
Kilkenny Castle Fulltime Pay
Kilmainham Gaol Fulltime Pay
Knowth Seasonal Pay
Listowel Castle Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Loughcrew Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Maynooth Castle Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Mellifont Abbey Seasonal Pay
National Botanic Gardens Fulltime FREE – Pay for Guided tours
Newgrange Fulltime Pay
Newmills Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Ormond Castle Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Parke’s Castle Seasonal Pay
Pearse Cottage Fulltime Pay
Pearse Museum Fulltime FREE TO ALL
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre Fulltime FREE TO ALL
Portumna Castle Seasonal Pay
Rathfarnham Castle Fulltime Pay
Reginald’s Tower Fulltime Pay
Rock of Cashel Fulltime Pay
Roscrea Heritage Centre Seasonal – Event on site in Dec Pay
Ross Castle Seasonal Pay
Scattery Island Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Skellig Michael Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Sligo Abbey Seasonal Pay
St. Audoen’s Church Seasonal FREE TO ALL
Swiss Cottage Seasonal Pay
The Main Guard, Clonmel Seasonal FREE
Tintern Abbey Seasonal Pay
Trim Castle and Keep Fulltime – Weekend only in Winter Pay


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Over to you now. Have you visited any of the OPW Sites with kids? Tell us in the comments below.

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