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.
The number of recorded visitors last year exceeded 15 million, up by 2.3 million on 2021, an increase of 18%.