The Heritage Card
If you are touring Ireland for more than a couple of days, this card will certainly save you money, possibly quite a lot of money!
It is easy to buy, a true bargain (a rare thing!) and not half enough used by visitors to Ireland.
What is a Heritage Card?
Heritage Cards are issued by the Office of Public Works (OPW), a government body which looks after national monuments, historic houses, parks and gardens that are in State care.
A Heritage Card gives free entrance to all the places in their care for a period of one year. This includes more that 75 heritage sites all over the country, some of which are among the most popular places to visit in Ireland.
Some of these attractions are free to enter even without the card but it really is not difficult to save money with a Heritage Card, no matter what region of Ireland you are visiting.
How Much does it Cost
|Senior (over 60)||€16|
|Child (under 18)||€8|
Remarkably little is the short answer.
A ‘family’ is defined as “2 adults and a reasonable number of children under 18″. So teenagers count and certainly your 4 children would be ok – but bringing along 10 of their school friends might be pushing it!
Children under the age of 6 have free entry anyway, so do not need a card.
Should you Buy a Heritage Card?
If you intend doing any sight seeing, buy this card.
Look at the list of headline locations it includes, places that most people touring Ireland will visit – the Rock of Cashel, Muckross House, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough, Bru na Boinne, Clonmacnoise. That is more than €40 of entrance charges right there – or about €120 for a family of two adults and two children.
It’s a complete no-brainer.
Where to Buy a Heritage Card
You can buy cards at the first of the included Heritage Sites that you visit. They are valid for one year from the date of purchase. There is no need to buy before you travel.