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Heritage Island Touring Guide

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Heritage Island Touring Guide

We found the Heritage Island Touring Guide following a link from the Powerscourt Gardens site. Can anyone tell us how this compares to the Heritage Card? It appears to be considerably cheaper and yet give excellent discounts.

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1. Re: Heritage Island Touring Guide

Heritage Ireland is run by the Irish Government's Office of Public Works and is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and promotion of national monuments and sites in the care of the Irish State (Republic of Ireland), as well as providing tourism and guiding services at many of these sites. Heritage Cards allow unlimited access to any of the Heritage Ireland sites for one year from the date of purchase. These cards are mainly designed to encourage residents of Ireland to discover the country's heritage but can also be useful and good value for visitors planning to visit a number of the sites which attract an entrance fee (not all do). For more information on Heritage Cards, check out the section in the Top Questions about Ireland on the Ireland Forum.

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/

Heritage Island is a marketing group representing visitor attractions (other than those in the State's care managed by Heritage Ireland) across the island of Ireland, some of which are State run (e.g. National Museum of Ireland) and some of which are privately owned entrprises (e.g. Guinness Storehouse) as well as Heritage Towns in Ireland. The Heritage Island Visitors' Attraction Guide gives discounts at those sights and attractions which charge an entrance fee.

http://www.heritageisland.com/about-us/

Basically each organisation covers different sites, so it depends on what you want to see and do as to what will work for you. Keep in mind that you can pay as you go for all of the sites listed and that quite a few of the sites listed will also be free of charge anyway.

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2. Re: Heritage Island Touring Guide

Thanks tapl for the very clear and quick post.

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tapl gave an excellent response for the difference btw the two. we used the heritage island guide on our trip and loved it. it earned back it's price many times over since most of the discounts were buy-one-admission-get-one-free. you can check the websites for both the guide and card to see which touring sites listed you are interested in visiting and see if it would be worth it to you to do both. or just one. or neither. :)

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Thanks quspork. On a quick look we already think the Heritage Island guide will be well worth the cost but it is nice to have that confirmed. The names were so similar that at first we thought they were the same thing but the prices were different and that made us check further. We found tapl's reponse very clear.

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Any thoughts on whether the Heritage Island Touring Guide would be a good value for a solo traveler? Do any of the participating locations give a 50% discount if you're by yourself?

My husband will be working while I tour and we will have few opportunities to use the guide together.

Thanks!

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6. Re: Heritage Island Touring Guide

A lot of the discounts are two for one. The discounts are listed on their site so it would be a question of working out what you wanted to go and see, calculating any savings which could be made and deciding whether the €6.99 you pay for the guide would be worth it for you.

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