Seasonal Guide /Information Officer positions for season 2024

We are now recruiting Fixed-Term Guides at OPW heritage sites nationwide. 

Our Guides represent the public face of the OPW, showcasing Ireland’s most important heritage attractions. From prehistoric passage tombs to medieval castles, and early Christian monuments to stately homes and magnificent gardens, there is a site for every interest. The Guide Service plays a vital role in conserving and presenting heritage sites and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of the visitors.

Heritage guides provide unique and memorable experiences for visitors from all over the world. It is a rewarding and enjoyable job for those who enjoy sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with others.

Full-time contracts on offer vary from 3 to 9 months in duration.

Apply now: 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 5 December 2023. 

The very best of luck!

Welcome to Kilkenny Castle and Parklands

Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years.

Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see this grand country house and walk through its fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century. There is also a tearoom, playground and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy.

Please note that Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is no longer applicable at Kilkenny Castle. Click here for the full list of participating sites.


What's On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

The Castle Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.

Patrick Sarsfield and the Butler connection

Patrick Sarsfield and the Butler connection

Recently in Belgium, the grave of Patrick Sarsfield was located due to the intervention of Dr. Loïc Guyon, the honorary consul of France in Limerick. Patrick Sarsfield was fatally injured at the Battle of Landen (or Lindon) on July 29th 1693 while in the service of...

Barbara Villiers and the Butler Family Feud

Barbara Villiers and the Butler Family Feud

Barbara Villiers and the Butler Family Feud. Barbara Villiers (Palmer), 1st Duchess of Cleveland and Countess of Castlemaine was born in November 1640. She became over the course of her career at court one of the principal mistresses to King Charles II of England....

The Duke Of Ormond – TY Project

The Duke Of Ormond – TY Project

Young James Butler was born on the 19th of October 1610, in England, with his parents being Thomas and Elizabeth Butler. His father drowned off Skerries in 1619, when James was just nine years old, which made him the viscount Thurles. His mother took him back to...