Heritage Sites

Many millions of Irish people and foreign visitors visit our heritage sites each year to learn something of Ireland’s history and heritage. Ireland’s Office of Public Works (OPW) manage 740 nationally important monuments as providing guided services, interpretive displays and many publications to help educate and increase the experience.

Cahir Castle, Cahir. County Tipperary 1142

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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 11422019-06-25T21:14:46+00:00

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.1460

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Killarney's finest & 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.14602019-06-25T20:56:00+00:00

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 1812

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One of the finest examples of a 'cottage ornee' 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 18122019-06-25T21:02:03+00:00

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 1682

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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 [...]

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 16822019-06-25T21:30:54+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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Ireland's first and most important Cistercian Abbey Mellifont Abbey was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first, the richest and the most important of Ireland's 35 Cistercian abbeys. The Cistercian [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422019-06-26T16:49:20+00:00

Knowth Passage Tomb, Donore. County Meath 3000BC

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site with Europe's greatest collection of Megalithic Art in a single location! Knowth is Ireland's most spectacular complex of prehistoric passage tombs. This World Heritage site dates from about [...]

Knowth Passage Tomb, Donore. County Meath 3000BC2019-06-26T20:52:03+00:00