Over 700,000 people paid a visit to Glendalough in 2018
OVER 700,000 people visited Glendalough Visitor Centre last year according to figures released by the Office of Pubic Works (OPW), making it the second most visited OPW heritage site in the country.
732,824 people paid a visit to the visitors centre in Glendalough during 2018. Of that number, 76,562 were ticketed visitors. Kilkenny Castle and Parklands was the only OPW site to greet more visitors last year than Glendalough, attracting 799,032 visitors.
Glendalough and Kilkenny Castle were the only OPW sites out of over 80 to exceed 700,000 visitors in the one year.
642,278 visited Castletown House and Parklands and 655,609 visited the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. The next most visited site was Doneraile Park with 490,000 visitors.
64,844 people visited Kilmacurragh Gardens last year.
Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD has welcomed the publication of visitor statistics for the OPW’s heritage sites.
‘These figures clearly indicate that there is an enormous interest in Heritage tourism and that an increasing number of tourists and domestic visitors regard Ireland’s Heritage sites as great places to visit,’ said Minister Moran. ‘It is wonderful to see that these sites are doing so well. As well as the significant number of people making a conscious choice to visit paid attractions, which reflects very well on Ireland’s tourism performance, so many people are really happy to come an enjoy our Gardens and Parkland attractions.’