With holidays set to be limited to Ireland for the next couple of months at least, this is a nice boost.
A number of iconic Irish heritage sites will be made free to visit over the coming months, with all entry fees to OPW heritage sites waived for the remainder of 2021.
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has announced the move, with it being hoped that this will act as a boost for the domestic tourism scene. Here's what he had to say:
Throughout the lockdown, the OPW kept the parks and gardens it manages in cities and the country open wherever it was possible to do so safely, and, as a result, provided important amenities for our wellbeing in a difficult time,” he said.
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.
You can get a full list of the OPW sites here.
While some of the places on the list are already free to visit, a number will now be waiving the fees they had previously charged for the rest of the year.
You will no longer have to fork out to visit the likes of Newgrange, Dublin Castle, the Rock of Cashel, and Clonmacnoise.
A number of these sites are currently limited to outdoor visits only, although that is set to change in the weeks ahead.