Free Heritage Sites in Ireland

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Skellig Michael

Following on from yesterday’s story about free places for kids, here are details of free entry for all in Ireland. But only on Wednesdays. It started last month but this offer, instead of being just of the duration of the school holidays, will last until the end of the year.
Ireland’s Office of Public Works has opened all its sites bar three for free entry for both adults and children. The three omitted are Glenveagh Castle, Muckross House and Gardens and Muckross Traditional Farms. By my reckoning, this leaves 79 other sites for you to visit if you happen to have free Wednesdays. They include such places like Dublin Castle state apartments and the Pearse Museum in the capital, Skellig Michael in Kerry, Newgrange and the Hill of Tara in County Meath as well as a personal favourite, Clonmacnoise in County Offaly.
For a list of the sites that you can visit, click here.There are a couple of restrictions. Some sites will only be available by guided tours and tickets to any site will be on a first come, first served basis.
Those available only by a guided tour include Arás an Uachtarain and St Mary’s Abbey in Dublin, the Famine Warehouse in County Tipperary and the Dwyer McAllister Cottage in County Wicklow. Some sites are only open during the summer so you need to move quickly if you want to visit those free. They include Scattery Island in County Clare, Listowel Castle and Gallarus Castle and Oratory in County Kerry,Ballyhack Castle in County Wexford, Desmond Hall in County Limerick, Loughcrew in County Meath and finally, St.Mary’s Church in County Kilkenny. In fact you’ve really only got tomorrow to take advantage of the offer.

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