All of the places listed here are completely free to visit, and the list includes some of the best museums, heritage sites and historic places in Ireland.
UPDATE:With the introduction in July 2011 of Free Wednesdays you can now also visit any site on the Heritage Card list free of charge every Wednesday
Until the end of 2011 there is free entrance to all historic buildings, monuments and other sites in Ireland that are in the care of the OPW.
The list includes well known places like Kilmainham Goal, Brú na Boinne and Dublin Castle, and heritage sites in every county in Ireland. Get out and enjoy!Read More
The house that once stood here is now gone, lost to fire in 1951, only the impressive entrance gates hinting at previous grandeur.
Thankfully the gardens survived. Designed by Edward Lutyens, and considered among his best gardens, they are surrounded by an earlier planned parkland.Read More
The fact that all these places are completely free to visit does not in any way make them inferior – some of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland are on this list.
If you are traveling to Ireland on a tight budget, this is definitely a page you need to print out and take with you.Read More
Known as the ‘dead zoo’ to Dubliners this is an amazing collection of animals, insects and birds in a beautiful and historic museum building. Sadly it is closed at present for renovation, following the collapse of an old staircase, but it will reopen some time in 2009 – we’ll keep you posted.Read More
While the tour groups and crowds build up at Newgrange, you can slip quietly past and go instead to Loughcrew, where there are megalithic remains of equal interest without the visitor centre or the admission charges.
It’s a remarkable place, stretching over several miles of hillside, with over 40 ancient monuments dating back as far as 4000BC.Read More
A visit here is as much to see the wonderful building as it is the art, though there is an excellent collection both inside and around the grounds.
The building is a former home for old soldiers, very similar to Les Invalides in Paris and now beautifully restored after many years of neglect.Read More
The Hugh Lane Gallery houses one of the most important contemporary art collections in Ireland in an interesting Georgian building formerly known as Charlemont House.
The most important exhibit in the gallery is probably the chaotic reconstructed studio of Irish born artist Francis Bacon.Read More
This vast enclosed park in Dublin houses a Zoo, residences for the president of Ireland and the US ambassador as well as a herd of wild deer.
There are wide open green spaces, secluded glens, grounds for cricket, polo and other sports and a pretty good restaurant in the visitor centre. It’s a wonderful place to explore.Read More