OPW Heritage Links

Iconic Irish sites ranging from the Phoenix Park in Dublin to the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, Co Clare, are looked after by the Office of Public Works (OPW). We are responsible for caring, maintaining and operating the country’s most important heritage sites.

Two of these are World Heritage Sites – Newgrange and Skellig Michael. But our heritage sites also include a large number of smaller, less well known but significant properties of national importance. In total, the OPW looks after 780 sites.

The list includes historical houses such as Farmleigh, gardens like the Garden of Remembrance and St Stephen’s Green, historic battle sites like the Battle of the Boyne – and islands of cultural importance, such as the Great Blasket in Co Kerry.

All our sites are an integral part of Ireland’s cultural heritage. We also have a duty to conserve the heritage of buildings and monuments in state care while allowing and encouraging the public to visit them.

Millions of Irish and foreign visitors visit our heritage sites every year to learn about Ireland’s history and culture. Seventy of our most popular sites have a Guide Service, either full-time or on a seasonal basis. These guides provide tours and talks. In 2012, 3.8 million visitors came to these sites to enjoy them, their interpretive displays and the pamphlets and newsletters provided. Many more millions of visitors enjoy the OPW’s unmanned sites.

Two specialist units are responsible for the OPW’s Heritage Service function:

These units are supported by the Visitor Services unit, which administers the Guide Service and the marketing of sites.

OPW Heritage Services works with other official agencies and partners who have key roles in promoting Ireland’s heritage. These external relationships include:

In addition, we co-operate with a number of parties with an interest in Heritage, including:

  • Local history groups and societies
  • Archaeological groups
  • Academic and cultural institutions

National Historic Properties

NHP is responsible for the care, maintenance, management and presentation of some 30 significant properties and historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes across the State.

National Monuments

The NMS is responsible for the day-to-day running of all National Monuments in State care.

State Art Collection

The OPW is responsible for the management of the State Art Collection which comprises of c.16,000 works.

Heritage Ireland

The Heritage Ireland website is designed to introduce you to some of the many rich and varied attractions of Ireland’s heritage.

Click on an image to access the relevant website.

Glebe House & Gallery, Donegal

Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Dublin

Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park, Dublin

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin

Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin

St Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin

Dublin Castle, Dublin

Phoenix Park, Dublin

Farmleigh, Dublin

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

Casino Marino, Dublin

Casino Marino, Dublin

Ionad agus Oileán an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, Ciarraí

Ionad agus Oileán an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, Ciarraí

Derrynane House, Kerry

Castletown House, Kildare

Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

Battle of the Boyne, Meath