Visit Ireland’s Historical Gems for FREE – Historic Days Out for All The Family

Getting to see Ireland’s gems of historical sites is definitely something I want to do more of. Being able to drive now has opened up so much more of the country to me and I plan to embrace it. I studied Celtic Civilisation as part of my degree, and so discovered a lot of interesting history of these amazing sites. They’re a great resource to bring kids to as well – they make a fantastic day out and they’ll be learning to boot. Many of these sites are now owned by the Office Of Public Works (OPW).

On a normal basis, these sites are mostly paid entry. However, on the first Wednesday of the month, they are free entry to the public which makes them a great free day out. AND from July 1st, they’re all free entry EVERYDAY for kids!  Here’s a list of the sites waiting for you to discover them – great for days out when the kids are off and you’re needing something to do!

Cork

Charles Fort

Desmond Castle (French Prison)

Ilnacullin (Garinish Island)

Donegal

Donegal Castle

Glebe House and Gallery

Dublin

The Casino, Marino

 Dublin Castle, State Apartments

Galway

Athenry Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Dún Aonghasa

Portumna Castle and Gardens  

Kerry

Patrick Pearse’s Cottage (Teach an Phiarsaigh)

Ardfert Cathedral

Derrynane House, National Historic Park

Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, The Blascaod Centre

Ross Castle

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Kildare

Castletown

Kilkenny

Dunmore Cave

Jerpoint Abbey

Kilkenny Castle

Laois

Emo Court

Leitrim

Parke’s Castle

Limerick

Adare Castle

Louth

Old Mellifont Abbey

Mayo

Céide Fields

Meath

Battle of the Boyne – Oldbridge Estate

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) 

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Trim Castle

Offaly

Clonmacnoise

Roscommon

Rathcroghan

Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Sligo Abbey

Tipperary

Cahir Castle

Rock of Cashel

Roscrea Heritage (Castle and Damer House) and the Blackmills

Swiss Cottage

Waterford

Reginald’s Tower

Wexford

John F. Kennedy Arboretum

Tintern Abbey

Wicklow

Glendalough Visitor Centre

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There’s a list that should keep you busy for a while. You can get more information about each one in the links attached, or on the Discover Ireland website.

Got any other free heritage days out to recommend? Let me know in the comments or over on Facebook.

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