Visit Heritage Ireland Sites For FREE on OPW Free Days

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Did you know that you can visit some amazing Heritage Ireland sites for free every week? With the OPW Visit Free days, it’s a great opportunity to visit some of Ireland’s most magnificent places.
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On the first Wednesday of every month you can get access to some of the OPW heritage sites across Ireland for free.

This is a great opportunity for families to experience some of the best cultural and heritage sites in the country, places like Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel. But there are also some lesser known sites that are fabulous for taking kids to. For example, Portumna Castle in Galway or Tintern Abbey in Wexford.

Here’s a list of the OPW heritage sites that you can visit free on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

Visit an OPW Heritage Site For Free

Please note that free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is not applicable at

  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Dublin Castle
  • Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (New Grange and Knowth)
  • Clonmacnoise

N.B. Only those sites with an asterisk are open all year round. All other sites listed have a shorter season or restricted opening in winter.

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Clare

Ennis Friary

Cork

* Charles Fort
Desmond Castle (French Prison)
Ilnacullin (Garinish Island)

Donegal

Donegal Castle
Glebe House and Gallery

Dublin

Rathfarnham Castle

Galway

Athenry Castle
Aughnanure Castle,
* Dún Aonghasa
Portumna Castle and Gardens
* Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Conamara – Pearse Cultural Centre, Connemara

Kerry

Ardfert Cathedral
Derrynane House, National Historic Park
Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, The Blascaod Centre
Ross Castle

Kildare

* Castletown

Kilkenny

Dunmore Cave
Jerpoint Abbey
* Kilkenny Castle

Laois

Emo Court

Leitrim

Parke’s Castle

Limerick

Adare Castle

Louth

Old Mellifont Abbey

Mayo

Céide Fields

Meath

* Battle of the Boyne – Oldbridge Estate
Trim Castle (NB Trim Castle keep only open during season)

Roscommon

Boyle Abbey
Rathcroghan, (Contact Cruachan Aí, 071 9639268)

Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Sligo Abbey

Tipperary

* Cahir Castle
Ormond Castle
* Rock of Cashel
Roscrea Heritage (Castle and Damer House) and the
Blackmills
Swiss Cottage

Waterford

* Reginald’s Tower

Wexford

* John F. Kennedy Arboretum
* Tintern Abbey

Wicklow

* Glendalough Visitor Centre

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Over to you now. Have you availed of the OPW Free Days and taken the kids to visit an Irish Heritage site for free? Tell us which ones you liked in the comments below. 

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