Welcome to Irish Heritage Towns



In line with the proposals set out in The 1994 Bord Failte Document ‚The Heritage Town Concept’ development in the designated towns included:

  • Opening conserved historic buildings to visitors.
  • Devising a number of themes including historic, architectural, archaeological literary, religious linking individual points of interest.
  • Devising an integrated signage system.
  • Developing an integrated traffic management plan incorporating car parking and pedestrian routes.
  • Developing and managing a Heritage Centre.

The core part of the Heritage Town Programme was the development of a Visitor Centre. This Heritage Centre would provide an orientation point, a gathering place and an information centre for the project.

The support for Heritage Towns was given by the Government in their effort to decentralise tourism.