Free admission in Ireland

There are a surprisingly large number of places in Ireland that you can visit completely free of charge – some of them among the most popular visitor attractions we have.

Most of those listed here simply have no admission fee.

Those marked * are more confusing – they appear to charge admission, but the charge is in fact for an adjacent visitor centre or exhibition space which you are not required to visit. You can simply walk by the centre and enter for nothing, though this may not always be immediately obvious.

Free Wednesdays

In addition to the places below, all of sites listed on for the Heritage card are free to enter on the first Wednesday of every month.

This is not a complete list and more places are added as we confirm they are free.

Location Places to Visit for Free
Co Cavan Killykeen Forest Park
Co Clare Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre
Dromore Wood Nature Reserve
Scattery Island
Co Cork Barryscourt Castle
Cork Museum
Doneraile Park
Fota Arboretum and Gardens
Co Donegal Glenveagh National Park
Donegal County Museum
Newmills Corn and Flax Mills
Co Dublin Arás an Uachtarain
Arbour Hill
Garden of Rememberance
Government Buildings
Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Iveagh Gardens
Lusk Heritage Centre
National Botanic Gardens
National Gallery of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History
Pearse Museum – St.Enda’s Park
Phoenix Park
Rathfarnham Castle
Royal Hospital, Kilmainham
St.Audoen’s Church
St.Mary’s Abbey
St.Stephen’s Green
The Croppies Acre
War Memorial Gardens
Co Galway Connemara National Park
Coole Park
Co Kerry Gallarus Castle and Oratory
Kilarney National Park
Kilarney National Park, Muckross Friary
Listowel Castle
Skelligs (Boat trip charge applies)
Co Kildare Maynooth Castle
Newbridge Silverware & Style Icons Museum
Co Kilkenny St.Mary’s Church, Gowran
The Black Abbey
Co Laois Heywood Gardens
Co Leitrim Waterfall at Glencar
Co Limerick Desmond Hall
Co Longford Corlea trackway Visitor Centre
Co Meath Loughcrew
Hill of Tara*
Co Mayo Irish Museum of Country Life
Co Roscommon Boyle Abbey
Lough Key Forest Park
Co Sligo Meave’s Tomb in Knocknaree
Co Tipperary Famine Warhouse 1848
The Main Guard
Ormond Castle
Co Waterford Dungarvan Castle
Co Wexford Ballyhack Castle
Fren’s Castle
The Wexford Widlfowl  Reserve
Co Wicklow Dwyer McAllister Cottage
Wicklow Mountains National Park

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  1. Susie Wight | May 3, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Is the Heritage Card still applicable in 2012? We will be visiting Ireland shortly and would love to have this car if it still applies.


  2. mairead mathews | January 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Would like to know is the wednesdays still free in 2013 and would it apply to people with disabilities. I am involved with cedar foundation and post polio support group and we were thinking of going to some of the historic places in the months too come,

    Regards Mairead Mathews 

    • It has changed, and I have edited the article appropriately. Now the first Wednesday of every month is free, all year round. 

      Just to be clear though, the places above are free EVERY day. The Heritage card places are in addition to this list.

  3. QuillsWoollenMarket | July 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    so many sights in Kerry are free. I was shock when they started charging admission to see the cliffs of moher! Also some of the stone beehives on the slea head drive are charging tourists to see. 
    There are many free events in Kerry thought the year with free music. Puck Fair in Killorglin is on 9-12 August. Free nightly outdoor music. 
    Killarney National Park, Muckross Park and Gardens, Torc Waterfall, Ladies View, The MacGillycuddy reeks and so many more places

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