Over 700,000 peo­ple paid a visit to Glen­dalough in 2018

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.’


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