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  • Heritage driving routes
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Historic town walks
  • The Skellig Rocks
Take a journey back in time This autumn, explore the past with a heritage driving route.

Choose from a range of self drive tours that showcase the beauty of a bygone era.


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  • Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre
  • Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre
Step back in time Travel 5,000 years back in time to the ancient passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, monuments older than the pyramids.

This designated UNESCO World Heritage site is simply unmissable.


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  • Loughrea historic town walk
  • Naas historic town walk
  • Cashel historic town walk
Walk yourself back in time This autumn, choose from one of Ireland's fantastic historic town walks, for the perfect day out for all the family.

Experience the atmosphere of forgotten Ireland while enjoying the tranquil scenic delights.


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  • Stone hut on the Skelling Rocks
  • Stone hut on the Skelling Rocks
Monuments to the past Rising out of the wild Atlantic Ocean, the Skellig rocks were settled by ascetic monks between the 8th and 12th centuries.

Explore this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site, which sits twelve miles west from the coast of Co. Kerry.


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Sepia photo of Abbeyleix House

Visit the Irish Heritage Towns website to find out more about the 27 designated Heritage Towns of Ireland. Explore the beautiful architecture, winding lanes and fascinating past of these towns for the perfect day out.

Visit Irish Heritage Towns

Receive free access to many of the Office of Public Works heritage sites around the country on the first Wednesday of every month. Check the free admission section of the Heritage Ireland website for more details.

Free admission to heritage sites

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Delve into history

Steeped in history, Ireland has a gloriously rich past. This autumn, uncover historic towns and hidden gems that bring that past to life.

Go 5,000 years back in time at Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit a more 'recent’ attraction like the 12th century Kilkenny Castle.

Discover the secrets of Christians and pilgrims, of medieval and Viking quarters. Get to know the families who lived in some of our historic houses for centuries.

Or how about tracing your own Irish ancestors with one of Ireland's many genealogy resources? After all, you could be related to the ancient kings and queens of Ireland.

Glenlohane House

Book a stay in one of Ireland's beautifully restored historic houses to experience Irish heritage.

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A comprehensive guide to the architectural delights waiting for you across the country.

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