What is the OPW Heritage Card, and where can it be used?
The OPW Heritage Card provides free, unlimited, admission to over 45 fee-paying state-managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout Ireland for the duration of the card’s validity. Please note that some sites may be closed or operate with restrictions in place in light of emerging circumstances and as Covid measures are installed. See HeritageIreland.ie for updates.
The list of pay-in sites the Card can be used at is listed here. A brochure, which also includes many additional OPW Heritage sites that are always free to enter, can be downloaded here. A copy of the brochure will be sent with each Heritage Card order received, and copies of the brochure are also available from the heritage sites you visit.
The Heritage Card is solely for individuals/families, and small groups. It may be purchased by individuals/families and small groups, or by travel agents/ tour operators acting on their behalf.
Accordingly, there are limits on the maximum number of heritage cards that may be purchased. If you are organising a group, we recommend you contact the heritage site(s) of interest directly.
Each Heritage Card must be signed by the card user in advance of first use. Heritage Cards are strictly non-transferable and may only be used by the signatory on the card. The signatories ID may be requested at the Heritage Sites.
Please Note re Busy Heritage Sites: Some OPW Heritage Sites can be extremely busy, particularly in high season. The OPW Heritage Card does not guarantee admission in such circumstances. In addition, the OPW Heritage card does not provide for fast track entrance to visitor sites. There are a number of heritage sites where you can book your online tour using your card by clicking the 'Heritage Card' option within their online booking facility (see a list of these sites).
How much does the OPW Heritage Card cost and how long is it valid for?
The One-Year OPW Heritage Card is valid for one year from its first use and must be presented at an OPW Heritage site within 12 months of purchase. Because Heritage Cards only become valid on their first use, you can buy them well in advance of your trip.
The prices are as below
|Card Type||One Year Card
(valid for 365 days from first use)
|Senior (aged 60 years or over)||€30.00|
|Student (with Valid ID)||€10.00|
|Child (aged 12 to 18)||€10.00|
|*Child (aged under 12)||Free|
|Family (2 adults and up 5 children aged 12 to 18)||€90.00|
*Children under 12 are free (no card is required).
Does the card cover everything?
The Card covers all admission charges listed HERE. At certain locations, parking facilities and ancillary services are provided by other bodies or agencies. There may be a charge for the use of such services. Any such charges are separate to and are not covered by the Heritage Card.
How do I order the card and how long does it take to receive it?
You can order the Card online here. It will then be posted to your address anywhere in the world, or to an address you designate - for example, if gifting it. Heritage Cards will be despatched within 10 working days from the date of purchase.
Can I Gift the Heritage Card?
The Heritage Card makes a perfect gift. When ordering online, tell us to whom you are gifting the card and where you wish the Card to be posted to. It is also always advisable to alert the gift recipient to expect the card.
Is there an accompanying guide featuring all the heritage sites the card can be used at?
A brochure, which also includes many additional OPW heritage sites that are free to enter, can be downloaded HERE. A copy of the brochure will also be sent with each Heritage Card order received.
Does the Heritage Card provide fast track entry to sites?
No. The OPW Heritage Card does not provide for fast track entrance to visitor sites.
Can I use the card to book an online tour at OPW managed sites?
Yes. You can book your online tour by clicking the 'Heritage Card' option within the relevant online booking facility. The sites you can book online are listed below.
- Castletown House
- Cahir Castle
- Dublin Castle
- Emo Court
- Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Comara - Pearse Cottage Cultural Centre
- Kilkenny Castle
- Kilmainham Gaol
What Student ID is acceptable?
Any student ID that is valid in Ireland, or any other country, is acceptable.
I have a Query, who should I contact?
Please check our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and our ‘Terms and Conditions’. If your query is not answered, please contact us.
If your query relates to your Heritage Card online transaction: please email [email protected] or phone +353 61 358 967.
If your query relates to your Heritage Card and its postal delivery: Please contact the Heritage Card Officer, Visitor Services, The Office of Public Works (OPW), Unit 20, Lakeside Retail Park, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, F12 DK30, Ireland. Telephone: + 353 046 942 3130. E-mail: [email protected]
If your query relates to a featured heritage site: Please check the listing on this website and from there the links to the heritage site's profile on HeritageIreland.ie. You will also find the direct contact information for each Heritage site there.