Visit Heritage Ireland Sites for FREE on OPW Free Days


March 4, 2020

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Did you know that you can visit some amazing Heritage Ireland sites for free every month? With the OPW Free Days, it’s a great opportunity to take the kids 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 Farmleigh 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
  • Kilkenny Castle

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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Ennis Friary


* Charles Fort
Doneraile Court
Ilnacullin (Garinish Island)


* Donegal Castle
Glebe House and Gallery


Rathfarnham Castle


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

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Ross Castle, Kerry


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




Jerpoint Abbey


Emo Court


Parke’s Castle


Adare Castle


Old Mellifont Abbey


Céide Fields


* Battle of the Boyne – Oldbridge Estate
* Trim Castle


Boyle Abbey


Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Sligo Abbey


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


* Reginald’s Tower


* John F. Kennedy Arboretum
Tintern Abbey


* 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. 

Visit Heritage Ireland Sites For FREE On OPW Free Days

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