Heritage Sites

OPW Heritage Sites

Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park. Dublin City – 1751 (‘House of the President’)

Aras an Uachtarain means 'House of the President' in Irish. The original house was built in 1751 and was designed by and for the park ranger and amateur architect, Nathaniel Clements. It then became home [...]

Everyone was dying to get into this Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey is located just outside the beautiful village of Thomastown in co.Kilkenny. It was founded in 1180 as a Cistercian Abbey by the King of Osraige and is notable for its imposing central tower [...]

Ireland’s most iconic building, 2 lakes & a village idiot

The Glendalough Round Tower is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings and stands at 100 feet high. Round towers were mainly built between the 9th and 12th centuries and only 3 exist beyond our borders [...]

Secret tunnels, a zodiac room & one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe

Casino Marino is located off the Malahide Road in Dublin City. This interesting building is regarded as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in Europe and is also one of the most surprising. It was [...]

An ancient ring fort, Niall of the Nine Hostages, St Patrick and Sun Worship

Grainan of Aileach is located in Burt in co.Donegal. This ring fort dates to the 5th century a.d but the site dates back thousands of years before this to 1700 b.c. It sits on a [...]

Ireland’s most impressive and beautiful monastic settlement

St Kevin's Church is located in Glendalough, co.Wicklow. This national monument is one of Ireland's most iconic building and dates from the 12th century. St Kevin's was born in 498 into a noble family and [...]

The centre of English power for 700 years

The Courtyard of Dublin Castle was built in 1779. This location is the highest point in Dublin's centreĀ  and so was always the most strategic point for controlling the territory. There is evidence that there [...]

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