School Tours Munster

TRABOLGAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE located in East Cork has established itself as one of Ireland’s most popular Day Group Outing destinations. It’s the perfect location for your schools outing with a host of activities sure to delight including educational and physical activities for all ages. Encompassing many areas, from indoor activities such as the Indoor Sub Tropical Swimming Pool; Birds of Prey Educational Centre; and indoor playgrounds - to a host of exciting outdoor adventure sport activities including Go-Karts, Zip Wire, Bungee Trampolines and much more...

Hold on tight and enjoy the fun under the safe supervision of the qualified and experienced Trabolgan Adventure Sports (TAS) team.  Whatever type of adventure activities or educational trip you are looking for; there is a fantastic range of activities on offer for toddlers, kids and teens that will not disappoint! From hands-on adventures, birthday party entertainment ideas through to abseiling and Combat Laser, that are sure to delight all age groups. Why not visit the Bird of Prey Centre which holds a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence; learn about stunning birds from around the world which links to the national curriculum objectives?  With packages starting from as little as €9.95 per person organising your group outing has never been so reasonable and most importantly stress free. 

See www.trabolgan.com for more, email groups@trabolgan.com or call 021 4661551

Trabolgan Holiday Village, Whitegate, Midleton, Cork P25HY10

It has never been easier to book your school tour. PERKS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE in Youghal Co. Cork has everything you need for a fun day out, for all age groups from tots to teens.  With everything under one roof, not even the weather can spoil your fun.  

Option 1: Perks has a feast of exciting play activities such as bowling, lazer tag, kiddie rides, Blackbeard’s Adventure Playcentre and lots more. Perks can organise tours for a few hours entertainment or for an hour to break up a journey. Free bowling and lazer tag for teachers, plus a choice of MacPerkies Diner kid’s meal (burger, sausages, chicken nuggets, chips & a drink).

Option 2: Perks and Aura Leisure Centre offer a choice of one hour swimming, one hour play in Blackbeard’s Adventure Playcentre or one hour bowling – plus a MacPerkies Diner kid’s meal. Aura has a fun learner’s swimming pool, as well as a 65m slide.

Option 3: Perks and Youghal Tourism offer a fantastic walking tour of old town Youghal - one of the best examples of a Norman Walled port in Ireland. Enjoy the Youghal Heritage Trail Walking Tour and see 13th century town walls, clock tower, Tynte’s Castle, and Myrtle Grove, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. The tour is free for accompanying teachers; and includes a MacPerkies Diner kid’s meal.

Whether passing through, or looking for a fun day out, Perks can adjust tour packages to suit with prices from €8.30 pp. Call 024-92438 or email: perkie@iol.ie   www.perksfunfair.com

CORK ADVENTURE DAY is crammed full of fun, education, adventure for a day to remember in the Rebel County for €23.95 per child – or only €19.95* if you book before May 2nd 2017.

 Visit the multi award winning LIFETIME LAB - Cork’s Primary Science Centre overlooking the River Lee, for a fascinating insight into environmental issues and Cork’s industrial heritage. Investigate new interactive exhibits and explore the age of steam, journey through Victorian architecture and discover how daily choices impact our world. Suitable for all ages, students enjoy an audio visual presentation, demonstration science experiments, and environmental exhibits - all rounded off with a trip to the outdoor playground and gardens! www.lifetimelab.ie 

Step back in time at CORK CITY GAOL & HERITAGE CENTRE and discover what 19th/early 20th century life was really like in Cork – inside and outside prison walls. Amazingly life-like figures, furnished cells, sound effects and fascinating exhibitions make this a unique school tour experience. www.corkcitygaol.com  

THE PLANET ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE is where pupils can enjoy 10 pin bowling or Cosmo’s Funworld – an indoor play area with slides, rope bridges, pulleys, shooting cannons, mini football, basketball, climbing wall and bouncy castles. www.planetleisure.ie 

After all that adventure, your group will have worked up an appetite! Lunch is provided by McDonalds at Commons Road Drive Thru, Cork with a FREE lunch for teachers with every 15 pupils.

Just one call to Denis for ‘Cork Adventure Day’ at 021 428 8056 books this great day out and an itinerary on receipt of deposit from your school group.

Ardmore Open Farm and Mini Zoo is just minutes away from the seaside village of Ardmore Co. Waterford. School tours are extremely popular combining both an educational theme with an action-packed fun day out.  Children have the benefit of a full indoor three-tier play centre, zipline, soccer pitch, playground, go-karting area and sand pits.  They can also get up close and personal with all the farm and zoo animals with a guided tour around the facility.  Dedicated petting times are included where children get to hold different species of small animals from rabbits to tortoises and snakes to owls.  A school tour at Ardmore Open Farm & Mini Zoo is an experience children and teachers will not forget as it offers both fun and education in a top of the range, purpose-built facility.  For information or to book please e-mail info@ardmoreopenfarm.ie or call 024-87600.

NEW School Tour package at Tayto Park 
2017 is shaping up to be a very exciting year at Tayto Park. You can expect a SPLASH of fun on their brand NEW Viking Voyage at the park and be prepared to be swooped into the fascinating World of Raptors. Home to Europe’s largest wooden roller-coaster complete with an inversion, there are plenty of things to do and see. Other new attractions include the ‘Air Race’ ride, the ‘Rotator’ high speed spinning ride, road train, steam train track ride and the only 5D cinema in Ireland! They also have over 80 different species of animals to see including their mischievous meerkats, otters and Amur tigers. A visit to Tayto Park is like no other school trip in Ireland. With over 100 attractions, including exotic wildlife, play areas, thrilling experiences, great food and tour of The Tayto Factory.  NEW School Tour Package: €14 per pupil including a full day admission to Tayto Park, a guided tour of the zoo area, unlimited access to activities in the Adventure Zone and activity worksheets for after your visit.  *T&Cs apply Tayto Park, Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. For more information contact 01-8351999 or email info@taytopark.ie  www.TaytoPark.ie 

Leisureplex Cork offers an extensive range of School Tour packages to suit all ages. Choose from a range of activities including bowling and Quasar to create your perfect School Tour day. Bowl your way to the best tour ever with fantastic bowling lanes or battle it out in Quasar and see who the Top Gun is. Can’t decide on one activity? Leisureplex has it covered with a range of amazing packages which allows you to select any two activities to create the School Tour trip you want. Mid-week offers from €5 per child. Special group rate offers (Cork only) include: one activity from €5 and two activities, bowling and quasar from just €9 per child (Mon – Thurs). For more information on Leisureplex Cork group rates, special offers and to book a School Tour, 021 4505155 visit www.leisureplex.ie

LEAHY’S OPEN FARM, based near Midleton, East Cork, is educational, adventurous and seriously fun for all children from junior infants to 6th class.  Children can feed and pet a huge variety of animals such as hens, ducks, alpaca, and a camel. Play with the rabbits and mice; touch and maybe even hold Houdini the snake!  Facilities include large outdoor play areas, soft indoor Playbarn, Quad and Barrel Train rides, Climbing Frame, Adventure Trail, Crazy Golf course, large maze, and a big ‘drop’ slide and pedal go-karts.  History and education: experience a 100 year old dwelling house on a working farm and see farm machinery operated at this time. Discover tradesmen tools, horse drawn machinery and the first Irish public transport. See the Old Irish Crannog! Hot food from the coffee shop or bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the heated restaurant. Souvenir gift shop also available. Prices €8 per child - one adult free per 10 children. Complimentary tea & scones for all free adults. Leahy’s also offer an all-inclusive package where they can organise your bus service too! Call 021 4668461/086 8560461 or email: info@leahysopenfarm.ie   www.leahysopenfarm.ie

BALLYMALOE COOKERY SCHOOL has a wonderful organic farm and formal gardens to explore, with hens & cockerels roaming free. School tours enjoy freshly made scones, biscuits and homemade lemonade before exploring fruit & kitchen gardens. Find out about herbs in the formal herb garden, while younger kids will love to run around the box hedging.  Puzzle your way around the growing Celtic maze and wonderful Shell house, before going through to the extensive glass house to see organic vegetables grown for the cookery school, and pigs and cows in their fields.  Open all year round - Wood Fired Pizza's available every Saturday 12:30 – 4pm. 021 4646785 www.ballymaloecookeryschool.ie 

ZIPIT is a high wire forest adventure park with a difference … a place where children can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets and whizz down ziplines, secured in their safety harnessesIt’s a place where children can let their imagination run wild and where adults can embrace their inner child.  Be Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Tarzan or whichever super hero you want to be!

Farran Wood, Co Cork offers 4 or more hours of adventure for school tour trips.  It's a great opportunity for children to enjoy an exhilarating and challenging outdoor activity in a natural setting, building confidence, teamwork and self-esteem.  Cost is €15 per child and supervising teachers go free. For 3rd class upwards, there are three circuits for different heights, ages and abilities.   For the all important 6th class tour, there is the additional blue circuit for age 12+ which is 10-15 metres above the ground with a 150 metre zipline. Children are fitted with a harness by a trained Instructor and given a safety briefing before moving on up in the trees at their own pace.   Zipit operates to the highest EU safety standards. Instructors hold the European Ropes Course Association qualification and are first aid trained.  Other Zipit locations are in Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon and Tibradden Wood, Dublin 16.  

Visit www.zipit.ie   Facebook/zipitfa or Twitter @zipitfa or contact 051 858008 for further details. 

So, put down those smartphones, get active, get outdoors and get to Zipit Forest Adventures!

Mayfield Birds of Prey visits primary schools with an entertaining and educational display on the ancient art of falconry. Children can enjoy a close up and hands on approach, either indoors or outdoors.

Meet, handle and fly the birds, and see barn owls "Boo" and "Bobbin" in full flight! This is a wonderful experience and opportunity to see these magnificent birds of prey in action.  Your school can also visit Mayfield Birds of Prey in the historic grounds of Kilmacthomas Work Houses, Co Waterford. Tailor made packages include a Hawk Walk, static display, owl encounter, or birds of prey display. Lunch can be organised for an additional fee. Call William on 086-2134367 or email mayfieldbirdsofprey@gmail.com

The story of YOUGHAL CLOCK GATE TOWER is unique on a national if not international level, spanning 600 years to the present day. The building being used as a ‘gaol’ precedes even that of Kilmainham Gaol and Wexford Gaol heritage sites. Learn all about the McGrath family who lived in the Tower and hear directly from John McGrath now in his 70’s and still living in Youghal. John tells the tale of his life from being born in the Tower and the tough conditions his family endured, through a wonderful audio visual presentation.  A visit to Youghal Clock Gate Tower is a ‘hands on, minds on and hearts on’ experience, with wonderful storytellers, dressed as ‘time’, explaining and describing, encouraging participation and inviting questions.  Special Group & Combined rates are also available. Call Sinead on 024 20769 or email tours@youghalclockgate.ie  www.youghalclockgate.ie Follow on FB/youghalclockgate 

Michael Collins House, Clonakilty is a new museum dedicated to Michael Collins and the story of Irish independence. The museum has been designed to the highest standards and offers an engaging insight into the life of Michael Collins and much more. Learn all about ‘The Big Fella’ himself; the farmers son, the rebel, the politician, the lover and the leader. History is brought to life through a guided tour utilising interactive displays, audio visuals, original artefacts and information boards suitable for all ages.

With ticket prices of just €5 for adults and €2 for children (Family ticket €12), Michael Collins House is an affordable, educational and entertaining activity that appeals to all. Special group rates available at this genuinely brilliant facility for school tours that taps into the primary curriculum in a uniquely engaging way. Teachers/leaders go free and all groups are given a guided tour of the museum, lasting around one hour.  For more information or to request a school information pack contact 023-8858676, email Jamie.murphy@corkcoco.ie or visit www.michaelcollinshouse.ie 

WEST CORK MODEL RAILWAY VILLAGE in beautiful Clonakilty is a great place for school tours and visits all year round. Explore the interpretative room and play areas, for a fun and educational tour of the scaled models of West Cork towns of old. Hop back in time to 1940’s West Cork with fully scaled models of towns along the railway line, and the people who lived and worked along the line. Local history is brought to life as children can get in around the models and delve into their heritage.  Let off steam in the indoor and outdoor play areas and take a Choo Choo train tour of Clonakilty - to strike a really nice balance between educational and fun activities. Located within easy distance for most Cork schools, for a tour that is fully planned and self contained for children from 2nd class up.  NEW: ask for joint ticket details for both Michael Collins House Emmet Square Clonakilty Cork, and West Cork Model Railway Village!

Call Kim for more information on tour bookings at 023 88 33224 and visit www.modelvillage.ie   

CLONAKILTY PARK ADVENTURE CENTRE NOW OPEN… The Quality Hotel & Leisure Club Clonakilty is the perfect choice for families and school groups no matter what the age, ability or occasion. Your group will bond and challenge themselves with a wide range of activities while having fun in a safe and supervised environment. Be prepared to swing, climb, jump, scream, laugh, and drop around Cork’s newest thrill seeking attraction! The Clonakilty Park Adventure Centre boasts a two level High Ropes Course, 100m Zip Line, Climbing Walls and Power Fan jump.  It is perfect for all abilities and qualified instructors will endeavour to challenge you in a supportive and safe environment and are always at hand if you need them.  Why not include the latest blockbuster movie at the onsite Three Screen Cinema.  All bookings can be customised to meet requirements and budgets and can also include a selection of food in Lannigan’s Restaurant or refreshments while you watch the movie. For school tour bookings or enquiries for family tickets prices, please call 023 8836400. www.clonadventurecentre.ie   www.qualityclonakiltyhotel.com  

School Tours with a difference! DOGS TRUST is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity.  Dogs Trust has six Education and Community Officers that visit primary schools across the Republic of Ireland, offering free workshops that centre on the theme of responsible dog ownership, and safety with dogs. They also offer tours of their rehoming centre, which can be a fantastic way to teach children about animal welfare, responsible dog ownership and empathy. Tours are suited to groups of all ages and ability; involve a brief history of the Dogs Trust charity, as well as a discussion on why a dog might end up in a rehoming centre, and how they might prevent this in the future. Children get to see the main rehoming corridor, which houses the majority of dogs, as well as behind the scenes e.g. walking facilities, training compounds and state of the art puppy kennels.  Dogs Trust offers school tours on Friday afternoons, and every second Tuesday. If your school is interested, please email education@dogstrust.ie

WATERFORD TREASURES – EPIC TOUR OF THE VIKING TRIANGLE
The award-winning all weather guided tour of the oldest part of Ireland’s oldest city, the ‘ Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle’ , is an interactive fun guided tour of the Viking Triangle, taking in six national monuments within one hour. The larger-than-life guide speeds you through the streets and through 1100 years of Waterford's history from the Vikings to Victorians. 

Discover Reginald’s Tower, Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan friary, Choristers’ Hall, the Mayor’s Wine Vault, Bishop’s Palace, and (if a church service is not in progress) Christ Church Cathedral is also included. It’s a fun, engaging tour with many props to engage and entertain children, and numerous photo opportunities along the way.

***For 2017, Waterford Treasures has added to the Epic Tour - at no additional cost - so there’s more added value for your students, the addition of a visit to the new exhibition:- ‘Mayors through the Ages, Eight Centuries of Civic Government in Ireland’ which is located at City Hall, built in 1783.***

Booking enquiries 0761 10 2501 or email: bookings@waterfordcouncil.ie www.waterfordtreasures.com  FB: WaterfordTreasures Twitter@WFORD_Treasures

Visit DUNMORE ADVENTURE in one of the most picturesque villages in the South East! This purpose built activity centre is situated at the water’s edge and is ideal for a hassle-free, fun filled school tour, with 24 years of experience. Dunmore Adventure provides school tours for children from age five+ and caters for all abilities. Friendly, experienced instructors give your group a first class experience with kayaking, archery, pedal boats, climbing, abseiling, Wipeout Aquapark, water trampolines and Adventure Cave challenge. All equipment is provided, with showers and changing facilities on site. All activities take place in the one area so your time at Dunmore is 100% adventure! Complimentary tea/coffee for teachers and bus drivers, and on site tuck shop for pupils. Primary Times STAR Award winner 2016 and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. Call 051 383783 for your special School Tour rate, email: info@dunmoreadventure.com  www.dunmoreadventure.com

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford. School Tours are a speciality and tours can be customised for groups of all ages. The gardens have a wonderful and unique story to tell around the life journey of Lafcadio Hearn a very famous writer who spent his childhood summers in Tramore and whose stories are still told to school children in Japan today. There is a Victorian, American and Greek garden as well as Japanese gardens and very interesting woodlands. Children can enjoy the magic of the gardens while also learning some Japanese culture and phrases from a tour guide.  The tour lasts approximately one hour and younger children are given a discovery trail which helps them to find interesting features throughout the gardens. The standard one hour tour is €3 per child. Lunch packs and special customised tours are also available and priced on request. Tel: 087 0960013  info@lafcadiohearngardens.com   www.lafcadiohearngardens.com

LISMORE SCHOOL TOURS - New for 2017 - Characters of the Castle, an interactive stroll through one of Ireland’s most famous gardens in the footsteps of the weird, wacky and wonderful characters who have lived and worked in Lismore Castle over the last nine centuries! Woodland Wanderers, Orienteering, Puzzle in the Park, History Hunters, Puppet Making and Boyle’s Science Surprise give your class of adventurers plenty to choose from to make the perfect day for any class. 

Lismore Heritage Centre has over 20 years experience in the Education Sector. Their experienced guides and easy booking tailored to your needs make School Tours a breeze! Full day of activities €15 per child.

For information & bookings, call Alice on 058-54975 or e-mail adonogue@lismoreheritage.ie

School Tours at THE HUNT MUSEUM LIMERICK are fun filled, interactive and always curriculum linked. Their changing temporary exhibitions offer exciting opportunities for pupils to learn about visual art while collection focused workshops cover many different time periods, themes and materials. These are suitable for Junior Infants up to sixth class. Five to seven year olds can also take part in enquiry based discovery trails including ‘All about the Hunt’ & ‘Animal Hunt’.   3rd – 6th class groups can benefit from more tailored programs including ‘Time Traveller’ which includes a handling session with real and replica objects from Bronze, Iron Age and Viking periods. Through examining these, pupils identify clues relating to use, construction and significance (cost €3 per student). Indeed a bespoke school tour package can also be designed for your class. 

Outreach workshops are also available, including the inspirational ‘800 Years of Fashion’!  (Cost €30 per class plus mileage). Curriculum linked loan boxes on Archaeology and on the Vikings can also be borrowed for 10 days (cost €30).  These support student enquiry and discovery in the classroom.  

Check out these offerings and more at http://www.huntmuseum.com/learn/primary-schools/  please call 061-312833 for more information or email: education@huntmuseum.com

SHANNON HERITAGE SCHOOL TOURS  
School Tours at King John’s Castle Limerick: King John’s Castle in the heart of Medieval Limerick allows your students to experience 800 years of history all brought to life in our stunning exhibition.  21st Century touch-screen technology and 3D Models will connect students to tales of Siege and Warfare. Interact with costumed guides who will tell you secrets and scandals of Castle life.  Meet with the Blacksmith, Moneyer, Norman Soldier and Siege Women of the time.  Shannon Heritage has teamed up with GetWest www.getwest.ie at both sites to tailor activities such as kayaking, zorbing, 30ft climbing wall and archery.

School Tours at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park: Step back in time and discover Ireland’s rich and fascinating past.  The newly revamped School Tour programme at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park allows students to sample 19th Century Ireland and participate in a series of fun and engaging workshops in addition to their general visit.  Activities include orienteering, bow & arrow making, archery, 19th century baking, Fairy Village workshops and animal husbandry.  Students can also avail of a designated picnic area for school tours and enjoy the new playground with Viking head playship, zip wire and an array of swings and slides.

Reservations necessary – please call 061 360788 or email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

THE DONKEY SANCTUARY in Liscarroll is just 15 minutes from Mallow and home to hundreds of friendly, cuddly donkeys. Fun School Tours are offered with donkey grooming, an interactive talk about donkey welfare, and then groups are free to walk/run/gallop around the beautiful walkways and meet the donkeys along the way.  There is an enclosed seated picnic area and a warm DVD room, plus a welcoming Visitor Centre with light refreshments. Free admission and parking but donations are most welcome and appreciated. NEW The Donkey Sanctuary has introduced outreach visits where donkeys are taken to schools, with donkey grooming available for children and an informative talk delivered by staff onsite.  For information on school tours or new outreach visits, call 022-48398 www.thedonkeysanctuary.ie

TIPPERARY COUNTY MUSEUM welcomes school groups - guided tours with activity sheets are available from 3rd - 6th class, free of charge.  Art and craft workshops based on the seasons and calendar customs, and archaeology workshops such as pottery, ogham necklaces and a dig in a box are available on request.  Booking is essential – call Julia on 0761 06 5254 Email: julia.walsh@tipperarycoco.ie  www.tipperarycoco.ie

MUNSTER RUGBY EXPERIENCE MUSEUM at THOMOND PARK STADIUM With easy access for coaches and improved facilities, the Museum is an ideal stop on your school tour day. Located close to many attractions in the Shannon region, why not take in some sporting history as well as Irish history? Take a guided tour of the spectacular Thomond Park Stadium, from a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel. Also included is a visit to the interactive museum and specially commissioned film showcasing the proud heritage of Munster Rugby.  With ample parking and easy access to all major routes, the stadium is perfect for primary school tours!

QUOTE ‘PRIMARY TIMES’ WHEN BOOKING FOR €5 PER PUPIL ON 061 421100 OR EMAIL: museum@thomondpark.ie TO CLAIM THIS SPECIAL SCHOOL TOUR RATE

The Maxi Zoo Responsible Pet Ownership Road Show is a FREE education programme for primary schools to help educate the next generation on how to be responsible pet owners. The Maxi Zoo team spends about 40 minutes discussing pet care with each group at your school and children get to meet and greet the pets on the day! Road Shows are suitable for 4 -12 year olds and are adapted with age appropriate information for different classes, so that children learn and have fun at the same time.  The team discuss how to care for pets; talk about animal welfare – how to be kind to animals and never harm them; introduce different animals such as rabbits and reptiles; and teach children how to act safely around dogs.  Maxi Zoo is Europe’s largest pet retailer and Maxi Zoo Ireland has a fantastic website www.maxizoo.ie and a fun page on Facebook at FB/maxizooireland 

If you would like to apply for a FREE Maxi Zoo Responsible Pet Ownership visit for your school, please email: administration.team@ie.maxizoo.eu call 021 4208702 or write to: Responsible Pet Ownership Road Show Dept, Unit 7 Westpoint Business Park, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

BALLYHASS LAKES ACTIVITY CENTRE added Ireland's largest cable wakeboarding facility last season and it has gone from strength to strength. This year they are adding Munster’s most unique "Wipe Out Style" inflatable AquaPark. Students can climb, bounce and navigate their way around the course. Starting at just €15 it is a fantastic budget option. The 40 acre site has two spring water lakes, natural rock faces, and many adventure facilities. Ballyhass is very popular with schools groups of all ages as it offers Land, Water & Harnessed high activities all on one site. Team building for GAA, rugby and soccer are great for school sporting squads. School tours limited to a one day visit find Ballyhass very attractive as all activities are conducted on site - so four different activities are easily fitted into one day, with supervision provided by the centre's own instructors. This year has seen major improvements to the shop and hang out areas, making the lakes a perfect chill out spot.
 

Enquiries to 022 27773 E: info@ballyhasslakes.ie
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