OPW Heritage Links
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:
- National Monuments Service
- National Historic Properties Service
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:
- Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
- Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
- The Heritage Council
- Fáilte Ireland
- Local authorities
- Heritage officers
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 Service
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.
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.