Ireland for Free!

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.

Co Clare

Co Cork

Co Donegal

Co Dublin

Co Galway

  • Connemara National Park
  • Coole Park
  • Kilmacdaugh

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

Co Leitrim

  • Waterfall at Glencar

Co Limerick

Co Longford

  • Corlea trackway Visitor Centre

Co Meath

Co Mayo

Co Roscommon

  • Boyle Abbey
  • Lough Key Forest Park

Co Sligo

  • Meave’s Tomb in Knocknaree

Co Tipperary

  • Famine Workhouse 1848
  • The Main Guard
  • Ormond Castle

Co Waterford

  • Dungarvan Castle

Co Wexford

  • Ballyhack Castle
  • Fern’s Castle
  • The Wexford Widlfowl  Reserve

Co Wicklow

  • Dwyer McAllister Cottage
  • Glendalough*
  • Kilmacurragh
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park

Article updated: June 6, 2017

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4 Comments

  • 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

  • mairead mathews says:

    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 

    • Katherine says:

      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.

  • Susie Wight says:

    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.

    Thanks!

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