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Heritage Ireland


Our Guides represent the public face of the OPW, showcasing Ireland’s most important heritage sites. The Guide Service plays a vital role in conserving and presenting selected sites and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of the visitors.

Heritage Guides provide unique and memorable experiences for visitors from all over the world. It is a rewarding and enjoyable job for those who enjoy sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with others.


Working as an OPW guide is a unique job. You have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and from countries all over the world. We help bring history and heritage to life and provide memorable experiences to our local and international visitors. Working in some of Ireland’s most important and iconic heritage sites, guides also have the opportunity to learn and develop new life skills: public speaking, customer service, event management, cash handling, research and general administration. While no two days as an OPW guide are the same, all days can offer exciting and rewarding experiences.


Kilmainham Gaol interior
Kilmainham Gaol, a monument to more than a century of Irish nationalism


I joined the team at the Rock of Cashel on 1 June 2023. It was a very interesting and enjoyable experience giving guided tours to people from all over the world. It gave me a great sense of pride in our unique Irish heritage and I was delighted to get the opportunity to share the history, archaeology, and mythology of this important site.

Mairéad Carew

The Rock of Cashel stands on the left dimly lit by a spectacular sunset sky with purple and pink clouds
Rock of Cashel, © Tourism Ireland

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