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Friday, 14th May 2021

Free admission to OPW visitor sites

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The iconic spiral motif on the interior of the anncient monument at Newgrange.

With inter-county travel possible once again, and museums and galleries allowed to reopen earlier this week, the Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., has announced that admission charges to all fee-paying open OPW heritage sites are being waived.

“Since the careful and gradual easing of restrictions in late April, we have been able to open the outdoor spaces at many historic heritage sites and on Monday this week, the doors of such iconic attractions as Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Dublin Castle and Kilkenny Castle opened to visitors again” Mr. O’Donovan said.

 “With a growing list of open heritage sites and the easing of travel restrictions, we have a renewed opportunity to explore the treasures which the OPW holds in trust for the nation. I think that the initiative I am introducing today as part of the Government’s recovery plan will appeal to people who are exploring options for staycations this year.”

Before Covid-19, OPW’s visitor attractions would have welcomed over 9 million visitors a year – many of them from overseas – contributing significantly to cultural and heritage tourism in Ireland.

2021 will be different, as all easing of restrictions at OPW’s sites is done carefully and in line with public health guidelines, ensuring the safety of our staff and visitors so that we can continue on the path to recovery. However, there are already 54 out of 90 OPW sites with visitor services open either in part or fully around the country, meaning there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy.

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

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