The architectural heritage of County Wicklow forms an intrinsic part of the character of towns, villages and rural areas, and consists of buildings, structures and landmarks.

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage completed an interim survey, highlighting a representative sample of the architectural heritage of Wicklow in 2004. The results can be viewed at Buildings of Ireland Website.

Wicklow County Council has a number of Protected Structures, which are buildings that are considered to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social, and/or technical point of view. These buildings are listed in the Councils Record of Protected Structures , the provision for which is set out in Part IV of the Planning Development Act 2000.

The decision to include buildings on the Record of Protected Structures is made by the elected members. There are obligations on owners and occupiers to ensure the preservation of Protected Structures, and assistance is offered by the Council in the form of annual conservation grants (advertised at the end of each year, with a closing date of end of January). For more information on Conservation Grants please contact planning section Tel: 0404 20148. For more information on Protected structures click here

Traditional Buildings of County Wicklow

A representative survey of 135 vernacular buildings of county Wicklow was carried out in 2007. The aim of the project was to identify characteristic features of Wicklow's traditional rural building stock and to compile records of this under recorded and often overlooked aspect of our heritage. A summary of the findings from the survey can be accessed below.