The government has a duty to conserve the heritage of buildings and monuments in State care while allowing and encouraging the public to visit them. The Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for caring, maintaining and operating the country’s most important heritage sites.
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).
These sites are an integral part of Ireland’s cultural heritage.
Millions of Irish and foreign visitors visit our heritage sites every year to learn about Ireland’s history and culture. Seventy of the country's most popular sites have a Guide Service, either full-time or on a seasonal basis.
These guides provide tours and talks. In 2016, 6.6 million visitors came to these sites to enjoy them, their interpretive displays and the pamphlets and newsletters provided. Many more millions of visitors enjoy unmanned sites.