School Tours Munster: AUTUMN EDITION

School groups are very welcome at Tipperary County Museum - with guided tours available from 3rd - 6th class, free of charge.  Art and craft workshops and SESE Archaeology and History workshops such as pottery, Ogham necklaces and a ‘dig in a box’ are available on request.   Visit the current exhibition - A Message in Time - and try your hand at their sensory activity room with build-it-yourself activities, quizzes and design challenges!

Booking is essential – call Julia on 0761 06 5254 Email:

Would you like a Mobile Science Workshop delivering science directly to your school? Take the hassle and cost of organising a bus to your Science Activity, as they come to you! Lismore Heritage Centre offers a range of curriculum based and hands-on topics, and have over 20 years experience in the Primary Science Sector. Choose from an hour’s adventure from; Guts of Digestion, Shocking Science, Chemistry Kids, Astronaut University, Antarctic Adventures or NEW FOR 2017/2018 Eureka! The most famous experiments of the world’s greatest scientists; Eureka explores Archimedes, Einstein, Boyle and Curie and lets the pupils re enact famous experiments in a hands-on workshop. For juniors to 1st Class there is a Junior Science Road show with plenty of experiments and interaction – plus whizzes and bangs to keep minds wondering and exploring long after the workshop is over.  For information & bookings, call Alice on 058-54975 or e-mail Also available as a Secondary School Package

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 024 20769 or email

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Explore a wonderful organic farm and formal gardens at Ballymaloe Cookery School, with hens & cockerels roaming free. School tour groups 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 

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 with age appropriate information for different classes, so 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 awarded Pet Store of the Year from Retail Excellence Ireland. They have a fantastic website full of excellent articles on animals 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: call 021 4208702 or write to: Responsible Pet Ownership Road Show Dept, Unit 7 Westpoint Business Park, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

With easy access for coaches and improved facilities, the Munster Rugby Experience Museum at Thomond Park Stadium Limerick is an ideal stop for a visit on your school tour day this autumn. 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.


Have you visited the excellent new museum dedicated to Michael Collins and the story of Irish independence? The Michael Collins House in Clonakilty 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 group rates and enquiries, contact Jamie Murphy at Michael Collins House on 023-8858676, email and visit

Set in beautiful Clonakilty, the West Cork Model Railway Village 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 an indoors & outdoors school tour that is fully planned and self contained for children from 2nd class up.  Joint ticket details for both Michael Collins House and the West Cork Model Railway Village! Call Kim on 023 88 33224  

Based in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork, the Donkey Sanctuary has provided shelter and care to over 5,600 donkeys since 1987, and is home to hundreds of friendly, cuddly donkeys who love to meet visitors, especially children. Walkways around the farm are safe and fun to explore, and the sanctuary is less than an hour’s drive from Cork or Limerick City. Special events throughout the year include a Summer Fair in May and Teddy Bears Picnic in July. School Tours are very welcome - please email  or call 022 48398. Keep an eye on  and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and special events!  Free admission and parking. Donations welcome.

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

CORK ADVENTURE DAY is crammed full of fun, education, adventure for a day to remember in the Rebel County for €23.95 per child.

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! 

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.  

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. 

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.

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:

KARTMANIA is Cork's Leading indoor karting experience, conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Jack Lynch Tunnel - a must for all visitors and thrill seekers in the Cork area! Kartmania specialises in providing fun for all the family and school tour group visits throughout the year. They cater for all levels and ages, from first timers to the karting enthusiast, in a safe and weatherproof environment. All participants are provided with racing suits, helmets and gloves and are comprehensively briefed on safety beforehand.  Kartmania offers school tour group visits and kids party packages from as young as 4 years old on a separate junior track, with older kids from 8 upwards allowed race on the main track on the petrol karts. Groups can avail of Grand Prix theme party rooms as they specialise in hosting Birthday Parties, School Tours and Team Outings.  Also onsite is the popular team activity Lasertrooper, as well as a Lasersniper shooting gallery to keep all ages entertained both on and off the track. Open 7 days a week. Call (021) 2408000 and visit