Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. announces free admission for children under 12 to OPW Heritage Sites from 1st July 2017.

1 July 17

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. today, June 28th, announced that all children under 12 will be admitted for free to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW Heritage Service.  This initiative will commence on Saturday the 1st of July and will ensure that all children under 12 will have an opportunity to visit these sites for free with their families during the holiday period.

I have set out to do this as one of my first acts as Minister for the OPW because I think there is a huge opportunity here to encourage our children to experience some of the best cultural and heritage sites in the country,” the Minister said today.  “We have some wonderful places to visit like Clonmacnoise, Kilkenny Castle, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel and I want every child to have an opportunity to visit them with their families during the summer holidays and up to the end of the year.

The OPW offers free access to all school-going children under their Free Schools Visits programme and about 80,000 children availed of this during 2016.  This Programme is intended to support the educational curriculum and children can, with their teachers, engage with many relevant aspects of their learning including art, history and social science at these historic & heritage locations throughout the country.

We are already very active in the OPW in terms of facilitating children through the Free Schools Visits programme” said the Minister “and I want to extend that positive approach throughout the summer holiday period and beyond so that kids will learn to enjoy coming to these sites and see them as fun places to visit.

OPW already offers free entry for children under 6 years of age and the Minister said he was anxious to reinforce the message that a visit to a Heritage site can be a great family day out for all ages: “I’d like to spread the message to families that wouldn’t normally think of coming to a heritage site and encourage them to make a visit.  Admission fees at OPW sites are very reasonable and as the under 12’s are now to go free it will make for a very attractive and reasonably-priced day out for the whole family.

The initiative will apply to all paid-admission sites operated by the OPW from Saturday the 1st of July 2017.

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List of Fee paying OPW managed Visitor Sites where children under 12 go FREE.

Under 12s Go FREE (PDF)