OPW announces record visitor numbers to OPW Heritage Sites in 2015
14 March 16
The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (14 March 2016) announced another successful year for visitor numbers to its heritage sites.
The number of recorded visitor numbers to guided sites in 2015 was 4.9 million, up from 4.4 million in 2014. The top fee paying sites continue to do remarkably well with the Rock of Cashel up by 28,246 bringing its numbers to over 300,000 visitors in 2015 while Dublin Castle continued on its upwards trend with 231,178 visitors. Newgrange accommodated an extra 10,950 bringing its visitors numbers to over 150,000. Trim Castle, which is another well visited site, also welcomed 86,972 visitors in 2015.
Kilmainham Gaol continued to welcome a large number of visitors, despite the works underway for the 2016 Centenary, recording numbers of 326,635. OPW expects that 2016 will see large increases in visitor numbers to the Gaol, with the completion of the new visitor facility in the old Kilmainham Courthouse this month.
Visitor numbers take into account not just ticketed visitors but also admissions to various events and in some cases those people visiting the grounds/parklands of a site where visitors can be recorded. Castletown House and Parklands visitor numbers reached nearly 300,000 while the National Botanic Gardens had over 553,000 visitors through its gates despite it being such a wet year. Outside of Dublin, Kilkenny Castle welcomed an extra 23,338 visitors bringing their numbers to approximately 283,000 to the Castle with many more visiting the grounds. In addition, the inclusion of many OPW sites on the highly popular Wild Atlantic Way has also contributed to a highly successful tourist season for 2015.
In 2015 OPW also introduced new schemes to attract visitors to the towns and surrounding areas of noted heritage sites like Dún Aonghasa and the Rock of Cashel, benefiting both the local area and the sites involved.
For further information please contact Colette Davis, OPW Press Officer at 087 947 5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
|Arás an Uachtarán||4,343|
|Battle of the Boyne/Oldbridge Estate||58,053|
|Bru na Boinne||44,705|
|Castletown House & Parklands||297,691|
|Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre||5,331|
|Glebe House and Gallery||23,085|
|Glendalough Visitor Centre||79,182|
|Grianan of Aileach||107,968|
|Hill of Tara||159,686|
|J F Kennedy Arboretum||96,910|
|National Botanic Gardens||553,348|
|Newmills Corn and Flax Mills||4,173|
|Phoenix Park Visitor Centre||141,582|
|Reginald’s Tower – French Church||3,212|
|Rock of Cashel||300,749|
|St. Audeon’s Church||33,092|
|St. Mary’s Church, Gowran||2,634|
|Total Visitors to OPW Guided Sites 2015||4,921,965|