All over Wexford, doors are opening. But which one will you step through?
Locals and visitors alike are invited to “step into our story” as a number of the national landmarks across Wexford that the OPW holds in trust for the nation reopen for the season.
Will you step inside Tintern Abbey, a thirteenth-century abbey where monks toiled, and legacies were created.
Or take advantage of that stretch in the evening to explore the amazing John F. Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross.
Across the country, 70 historical and heritage sites are open for you to explore. All you have to do is step inside.
Visitors will be able to enjoy more than 6,000 years of history at one of our many ancient and enchanting sites across Ireland and in Wexford.
Breda Lynch Supervisor Guide with the OPW at Tintern Abbey said: “We are thrilled to reopen Tintern Abbey this early in the year and for it to remain open longer into the season than usual.
“Set in a special area of conservation the Abbey sits in extensive woodland allowing for you to enjoy your visit in a unique and relaxing environment. The OPW is committed to the preservation of Ireland’s heritage and is progressing conservation works at the Abbey to protect local bat colonies.”
Welcoming the re-opening of the OPW Heritage sites for the summer season, Minister for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan T.D. stated: “I am delighted to see so many of Ireland’s tourism attractions re-open for the summer season, just in time for Easter weekend, offering a renewed opportunity to explore the treasures which the OPW holds in trust for the Nation.
“The heritage landmarks re-opening, as well as those open all year, significantly contribute to the local sense of place, the local economy and are great places for all the family to enjoy.
“The OPW is working hard to safeguard our national landmarks and the preservation of these heritage sites shows the clear investment by the State in our heritage portfolio.”
On the first Wednesday of every month, visitors and families can enjoy free admission to Tintern Abbey.
From May Ferns Castle, the political base of Diarmait Mac Murchada, and Ballyhack Castle will be open for visitors too.
The OPW Heritage Card also offers visitors unlimited access to the over 45 historic sites and visitor attractions for a year, offering great savings and value for money to anyone wanting to learn about Ireland’s cultural heritage.
The most recently compiled figures showed almost 13 million visitors stepped through the doors of OPW heritage sites in 2021. The heritage estate is growing in importance and scale of activity, with the OPW investing significantly in the protection and preservation of Ireland’s heritage site, with its team of dedicated experts.
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