Heritage Site Visits In The Midlands Declining

Durrow Abbey

There's been a fall of over 80,000 visits in the last year.

Visits to midlands heritage sites has fallen by over 80,000 in 2023.

The Office of Public Works show that 410,719 people visited sites in Offaly and Laois last year which was down from 491,338 in 2022.

Durrow Abbey in Offaly was the least visited site in the country with a drop of over 316 from 2022.

Emo Court in Laois numbers dropped by over 111,961 attendees.

The Rock Of Dunamase in Laois increased by 3,617 with 48,832 total visitors last year.

And Clonmacnoise in Offaly also had a rise in the numbers of attendees by 28,041 totalling 122,718.

15.3 million people visited the country's historic castles, gardens and monuments last year.

The most popular ticketed sites last year were Kilkenny Castle and Parklands, Dublin Castle, and the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary.

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