Heritage Sites

OPW Heritage Sites

Kilcrea Friary, Ovens. County Cork 1465

2020-04-29T19:34:27+00:00

 Built under the patronage of Cormac MacCarthy The Kilcrea Friary is a medieval abbey located near Ovens in County Cork. It takes its name from a 6th-century saint named Cyra who is said to [...]

Kilcrea Friary, Ovens. County Cork 14652020-04-29T19:34:27+00:00

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

2020-04-29T13:57:47+00:00

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts and was completed in 1218. It was the first Cistercian monastery founded [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-15922020-04-29T13:57:47+00:00

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo 1252

2020-05-06T14:01:22+00:00

The only sculptured 15th century altar to survive in Ireland Sligo Abbey is located right in the middle of Sligo Town. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and [...]

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo 12522020-05-06T14:01:22+00:00

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Cork

2020-05-07T12:40:49+00:00

An island paradise, World famous gardens & friendly seals Garinish Island, also known as 'Ilnacullin' or 'Island of holly’ in Irish, is located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff in west Cork. The [...]

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Cork2020-05-07T12:40:49+00:00

Cahir Castle, Cahir. County Tipperary 1142

2020-04-30T12:13:39+00:00

One of Ireland's largest and most impressive castles, Excalibur & Cromwell Cahir Castle was originally a Gaelic stronghold that belonged to Conor O'Brien, Prince of Thomond who built a fortification here on an [...]

Cahir Castle, Cahir. County Tipperary 11422020-04-30T12:13:39+00:00

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.1460

2020-05-06T15:05:39+00:00

Killarney's largest & most romantic castle Ross Castle was built sometime in the late 15th century by the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains and was surrounded by a fortified bawn, curtain walls, and circular flanking [...]

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.14602020-05-06T15:05:39+00:00

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 1812

2020-05-07T12:48:08+00:00

One of the finest examples of an ornamental cottage in Europe Fantasy houses such as Swiss Cottage were popular with the gentry in the 19th century where they could play at being peasants [...]

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 18122020-05-07T12:48:08+00:00

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 1682

2020-04-29T17:58:09+00:00

One of the largest and finest British military installations in Ireland Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th-century star-shaped fort and is was one of the largest British military installations [...]

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 16822020-04-29T17:58:09+00:00

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 1310

2020-04-28T22:07:40+00:00

Loyal Kings men, The Nugents & An ancient trading route Delvin Castle is located right in the middle of Delvin village in County Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 13102020-04-28T22:07:40+00:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 1172

2020-05-06T13:22:10+00:00

One of Ireland's most historic buildings, The heart of a saint and Tom & Jerry Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings [...]

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 11722020-05-06T13:22:10+00:00

The Bishop’s Palace. Waterford City 1741

2020-05-04T12:42:28+00:00

One of the finest early Georgian houses in Ireland & the oldest piece of Waterford Glass The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City was built in 1741 to the designs of the famous architect [...]

The Bishop’s Palace. Waterford City 17412020-05-04T12:42:28+00:00

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 1176

2020-04-29T17:31:08+00:00

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also one of [...]

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 11762020-04-29T17:31:08+00:00

Knowth Passage Tomb, Donore. County Meath 3000BC

2020-05-09T08:46:22+00:00

A UNESCO World Heritage Site with 25% of Europe's megalithic art in a single location! Knowth is Ireland's most spectacular complex of prehistoric passage tombs. This World Heritage site dates from about 3000 [...]

Knowth Passage Tomb, Donore. County Meath 3000BC2020-05-09T08:46:22+00:00

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

2020-04-29T19:40:49+00:00

Rare transitional castle to mansion Portumna Castle was built in 1618 and is regarded as an interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the classical [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 16182020-04-29T19:40:49+00:00

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC

2020-04-30T13:15:05+00:00

The World's oldest field system The Céide Fields are the oldest known and most extensive stone age field systems in the world covering 1,500 hectares. This open-air archaeological site is made up of [...]

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC2020-04-30T13:15:05+00:00

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th -12th centuries

2020-04-29T17:23:02+00:00

One of Ireland's greatest ecclesiastical centres The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centers. St Ciaran was a young preacher [...]

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th -12th centuries2020-04-29T17:23:02+00:00

Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill. Dublin City 1702

2020-05-02T14:17:48+00:00

One of the largest barracks in Europe, Michael Collins & rare collections of artifacts Collins Barracks is located on Arbour Hill in Dublin City on a site originally earmarked for a mansion for [...]

Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill. Dublin City 17022020-05-02T14:17:48+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

2020-05-08T07:14:11+00:00

A great storm & the promise of William Marshall  The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Marshal had set sail for Ireland on his [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002020-05-08T07:14:11+00:00

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath  3200BC      

2020-04-30T11:54:12+00:00

The best kept archaeological secret in Ireland Loughcrew has been described as ‘Ireland’s greatest archaeological secret’ and is one of the BIG 4 megalithic sites of Ireland (the others being Carrowkeel, Carrowmore, and [...]

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath  3200BC      2020-04-30T11:54:12+00:00

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD

2020-05-05T12:27:15+00:00

The oldest and best-preserved original features of any church in Dublin City St Audeon's Church is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190AD. It has the distinction of being [...]

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD2020-05-05T12:27:15+00:00

Castletown House, Celbridge. County Kildare 1729

2020-04-29T19:36:50+00:00

Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house Castletown House is located in Celbridge in County Kildare. It is regarded as Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house and is significant in [...]

Castletown House, Celbridge. County Kildare 17292020-04-29T19:36:50+00:00

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, County Dublin 1585

2020-05-02T14:29:32+00:00

One of Ireland's finest fortified manor houses, exquisite interiors & the Jesuits Rathfarnham Castle was built in 1585 by Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Armagh. Loftus was described as an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who [...]

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, County Dublin 15852020-05-02T14:29:32+00:00
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