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24th Jul 2020

Minister O’Donovan announces free admission to visitor Heritage sites

Melissa Carton

Great news!

Minister of State for Office of Public Works Patrick O’ Donovan today announced that admission charges to certain OPW Heritage sites are being waived as part of the Government’s July Stimulus Plan in an effort to encourage domestic tourism and support the tourism economy.

The measure will take effect from Monday next, July 27 and will remain in force until the end of the year.

This measure is being implemented as a support to the domestic Irish tourism economy and to provide a greater appeal to Irish people to stay at home and take staycations and short breaks within Ireland particularly over the next six months.

“From my previous experience as Minister for Tourism, I am aware that the Visitor sites in the care of the OPW are highly prized by Irish people” the Minister said today. “Many of us visited places like Glendalough and the Rock of Cashel on school tours and they are a big part of our childhood for a lot of us. I’m convinced that the fondness and pride Irish people harbour for our national Heritage sites is a result of our collective childhood memories. That’s why I think that this initiative I am introducing today as part of the Government’s July Stimulus will appeal to people who are looking for a different holiday experience that has something for everyone.”

OPW manages 70 visitor sites around the country including some of the most iconic historic locations like the Rock of Cashel, Dún Aonghasa and Castletown House.

A full list of the OPW sites and their charging regimes is available at OPW Heritage Sites or check for additional information on each site including opening times, booking requirements, contact details, etc.

It is advised that you check with the individual heritage sites for openings, booking policy, etc., prior to travelling, as restrictions will be in place at many sites.