Historic places are a significant cultural asset, but there are barriers and challenges which make accessing some buildings and sites difficult or sometimes impossible. One of the key challenges in improving accessibility and preparing an access strategy and site-specific practicable solutions is to first assess the nature and extent of the place or places of architectural heritage and/or archaeological significance, and to identify what the challenges are. This project was focused on undertaking an accessibility audit of all the archaeological sites within a county area, to identify priority sites which could be used for education and for public awareness, and to suggest how access to those priority sites could be optimised and best presented to a general audience.


There are a number of online resources available which are useful in outlining the range of issues to be taken into consideration, including Access: Improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places from the National Disability Authority, and the then Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.