Good News! Kids Go Free to OPW Sites

Jill Holtz

July 1, 2019

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

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All children under 12 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 kids going free, it makes it a reasonably-priced outing for families.


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Where can you visit the OPW Sites

  • Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin
  • Ardfert Cathedral, Kerry (Seasonal)
  • Athenry Castle, Galway (Seasonal)
  • Aughnanure Castle, Galway (Seasonal)
  • Battle of the Boyne, Meath
  • Blasket Visitor Centre, Kerry (Seasonal)
  • Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Meath
  • Cahir Castle, Tipperary
  • Carrowmore, Sligo
  • Casino Marino, Dublin (Seasonal closed at present)
  • Castletown House, Kildare (House seasonal, Parkland & Café – all year)
  • Céide Fields, Mayo (Seasonal)
  • Charles Fort, Cork
  • Clonmacnoise, Offaly
  • Derrynane House, Kerry (Seasonal)
  • Desmond Castle, Cork (Seasonal)
  • Donegal Castle
  • Doneraile Court, Cork (Seasonal)
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dun Aonghasa, Aran Islands
  • Dunmore Caves, Kilkenny (Reduced opening during Winter)
  • Emo Court, Laois (Seasonal)
  • Ennis Friary, Clare (Seasonal)
  • Garinish Island, Kerry (Seasonal)
  • Glebe House and Gallery, Donegal (Seasonal)
  • Glendalough Visitor Centre, Wicklow
  • Hill of Tara, Meath (Seasonal)
  • JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum, Wexford
  • Jerpoint Abbey, Kilkenny (Reduced opening during Winter)
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • Knowth, Meath (Seasonal)
  • Mellifont Abbey, Louth (Seasonal)
  • Newgrange, Meath
  • Ormond Castle, Tipperary (Seasonal)
  • Parke’s Castle, Leitrim (Seasonal)
  • Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh – Pearse Cultural Centre, Galway
  • Portumna Castle, Galway (Seasonal)
  • Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
  • Reginald’s Tower, Waterford
  • Rock of Cashel, Tipperary
  • Roscrea Heritage Centre, Tipperary (Seasonal – Events on site in December)
  • Ross Castle, Galway (Seasonal)
  • Sligo Abbey (Seasonal)
  • Swiss Cottage, Tipperary (Seasonal)
  • Tintern Abbey, Wexford (Seasonal)
  • Trim Castle, Meath (Weekends only in Winter)

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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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