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

SiteFulltime / SeasonalALL Sites free to under 12s Charges apply at selected sites to 12s and over
Áras an UachtaráinFulltimeFREE TO ALL
Altamont GardensFulltimeFREE – Pay for Guided tours
Ardfert CathedralSeasonalPay
Athenry CastleSeasonalPay
Aughnanure CastleSeasonalPay
Ballyhack CastleSeasonalFREE TO ALL
BarryscourtSeasonal – Closed presentlyFREE TO ALL
Battle of the BoyneFulltimePay
Blasket Visitor CentreSeasonalPay
Boyle AbbeySeasonalFREE TO ALL
Bryce House – Garinish IslandSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Brú na Bóinne Visitor CentreFulltimePay
Cahir CastleFulltimePay
Casino MarinoSeasonal – Closed presentlyPay
Castletown HouseSeasonal Parkland and café all yearPay
Céide FieldsSeasonalPay
Charles FortFulltimePay
Corlea Visitor CentreSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Derrynane HouseSeasonalPay
Desmond CastleSeasonalPay
Desmond HallSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Donegal CastleFulltimePay
Dublin CastleFulltimePay
Dun AonghasaFull timePay
Dungarvan CastleSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Dunmore CavesFulltime – Shorter Week WinterPay
Emo CourtSeasonalPay
Ennis FriarySeasonalPay
FarmleighFulltimeFREE TO ALL
Ferns CastleSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Garinish IslandSeasonalPay
Glebe House and GallerySeasonalPay
Glendalough Visitor CentreFulltimePay
Gowran ChurchSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Hill of TaraSeasonalPay
JFK Memorial Park & ArboretumFulltimePay
Jerpoint AbbeyFull time – Shorter week in Winter.Pay
Kilkenny CastleFulltimePay
Kilmainham GaolFulltimePay
Listowel CastleSeasonalFREE TO ALL
LoughcrewSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Maynooth CastleSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Mellifont AbbeySeasonalPay
National Botanic GardensFulltimeFREE – Pay for Guided tours
NewmillsSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Ormond CastleSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Parke’s CastleSeasonalPay
Pearse CottageFulltimePay
Pearse MuseumFulltimeFREE TO ALL
Phoenix Park Visitor CentreFulltimeFREE TO ALL
Portumna CastleSeasonalPay
Rathfarnham CastleFulltimePay
Reginald’s TowerFulltimePay
Rock of CashelFulltimePay
Roscrea Heritage CentreSeasonal – Event on site in DecPay
Ross CastleSeasonalPay
Scattery IslandSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Skellig MichaelSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Sligo AbbeySeasonalPay
St. Audoen’s ChurchSeasonalFREE TO ALL
Swiss CottageSeasonalPay
The Main Guard, ClonmelSeasonalFREE
Tintern AbbeySeasonalPay
Trim Castle and KeepFulltime – Weekend only in WinterPay


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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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