Free Access For Under 12s To OPW Heritage Sites This Summer

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Ardfert Cathedral.

HERE’S some good news if you’re wondering what to do with your kids during the summer holidays.

It was announced yesterday by the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., that all children under 12 will be admitted for free to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW Heritage Service.

This initiative will commence on Saturday, July 1 and will ensure that all children under 12 will have an opportunity to visit these sites for free with their families during the holiday period.

The sites in Kerry include Derrynane House, Ardfert Cathedral, Ross Castle in Killarney, and the Blasket Visitor Centre.

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The OPW offers free access to all school-going children under their Free Schools Visits programme and about 80,000 children availed of this during 2016.

OPW already offers free entry for children under 6 years of age and the Minister said he was anxious to reinforce the message that a visit to a Heritage site can be a great family day out for all ages: “I’d like to spread the message to families that wouldn’t normally think of coming to a heritage site and encourage them to make a visit.  Admission fees at OPW sites are very reasonable and as the under 12’s are now to go free it will make for a very attractive and reasonably-priced day out for the whole family.”

For a map of the OPW Heritage Sites in the south-west region, click here 

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