Welcome to Heritage Ireland

Ireland's built and natural heritage enriches our understanding of history. Trace this history from our earliest civilisation to the birth of our modern nation through the centuries in between.

Increasingly, international attention is being focused on the preservation of the world's natural and built heritage. National parks and other protected areas are part of a global network.

One of the responsibilities of The Office of Public Works (OPW) is the protection and conservation of Ireland's built heritage. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (AH&G) is responsible for the protection and conservation of Ireland's natural heritage and works closely with the European Union to ensure that protected areas in Ireland, of European importance, are cared for.

The primary concern of both the OPW and (AH&G) is to protect and maintain Ireland's heritage for future generations and visitors are therefore asked to respect the sites they visit and to co-operate at all times with on-site staff.  Please note access may be restricted to certain sites due to essential maintenance.


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