Munster School Tours

Michael Collins House, Clonakilty is a museum dedicated to Michael Collins and the story of Irish independence; offering an engaging insight into the life of Michael Collins and much more. Learn all about ‘The Big Fella’ himself; the farmer’s son, the rebel, the politician, the lover and the leader. History is brought to life through guided tours, displays, audio visuals, original artefacts, information boards, activity sheets and more. Try the new Michael Collins House Audio Visual Tour; more than just an audio guide this family friendly, tablet based, guide tells the story of Michael Collins through audio, videos, photos and games. Tickets are just €5 for adults and €2 for children (family tickets €12), offering an affordable, educational and entertaining experience that is suitable for all ages. Special rates are available for groups and school tours. Tours can be tailor made to suit your needs, time available, and help to tap into the school curriculum in a uniquely engaging way. Teachers/leaders go free. For more information or to request a school information pack contact 023-8858676, email info@michaelcollinshouse.ie or visit www.michaelcollinshouse.ie 

 

CLONAKILTY PARK ADVENTURE CENTRE
Situated beside the Clonakilty Park Hotel (formerly Quality Hotel Clonakilty), the Clonakilty Park Adventure Centre is a perfect choice for families and school groups no matter what the age, ability or occasion. Your group will bond and challenge themselves while having fun in a safe and supervised environment. Be prepared to swing, climb, jump, scream, laugh, and drop around this thrill-seeking attraction! Explore two levels of High Ropes Course, 100m Zip Line, Climbing Walls and a Power Fan jump.  Suitable for all abilities; qualified instructors are on-hand if you need them in a supportive and safe environment.  Why not include the latest blockbuster movie at the onsite Three Screen Cinema?  All bookings can be customised to meet requirements and budgets; with food options in Lannigan’s Restaurant or refreshments while you watch a movie. Call 023 8836400 and visit www.clonadventurecentre.ie   www.clonakiltyparkhotel.ie  

 

THE DONKEY SANCTUARY Open Farm in Liscarroll is home to 130 beautiful donkeys and mules. Visit to make new friends and learn all about how they care for the donkeys. Take a stroll along the walkways that surround the donkey paddocks or enjoy a snack in a secure picnic area. With free parking and free admission, The Donkey Sanctuary is the perfect place for families to visit or school tours. Advance notice of school tours is required - please call to arrange. Open Mon-Fri 9am - 4.30pm; Sat, Sun Bank Hols 10am-5pm. Open all year round except Christmas day. The Donkey Sanctuary is a charity, donations are very welcome. The Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co.Cork, P51 PH29. Tel 022 48398. www.thedonkeysanctuary.ie

 

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 19 stores nationwide, employing more than 150 people in Ireland. They have a fantastic website full of excellent articles on animals 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: emma.fanning@ie.maxizoo.eu call 021 4208702 or write to: Responsible Pet Ownership Road Show Dept, Unit 7, 1st Floor, Westpoint Business Park, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

 

LISMORE MOBILE SCIENCE WORKSHOPS 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 Eureka! 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 no obligation information or bookings, call Roseanne on 076-1102157 or e-mail rleddy@lismoreheritage.ie. Also available as a Secondary School Package.

 

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

 

Stop off in the KILLARNEY OUTLET CENTRE on your school tour to Kerry - Ireland's premier outlet centre, in the heart of Ireland's most popular tourist destination, Killarney. The Centre is conveniently located in the centre of the town adjacent to the Great Southern Hotel Killarney, the Bus Station and Railway Station. Killarney Outlet Centre features a wide selection of stores including Ireland's first Nike Factory Store; and discounts of between 30% - 70% off normal retail prices on designer wear and branded goods. The Killarney Outlet Centre, which is a covered Mall, offers disabled access, on-site restaurants, ATM, and ample car parking open 7 days a week and bank holidays. A number of coach parking spaces are available for visiting school tour groups. Please call 064 6636744 email info@killarneyoutletcentre.com and visit www.killarneyoutletcentre.com/

 

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

 

Buddies Play Centre Killarney has been a popular school tours destination for over 10 years, as their friendly family-run venue and friendly staff ensure kids can have lots of fun at the no.1 indoor soft play and party centre.  Children will love roaming around the exciting play areas with its astra slide, ball cannon, soft play areas and sports pitch. Teachers can relax with a free tea or coffee in the centre’s café while their class lets off steam! School & group prices €6 per child for two hours play, with unlimited cordial drinks during their stay. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in any of the themed rooms for no extra charge – choose from Pirates, Superhero, Fairy or Frozen themes; or hot food of chicken nuggets, sausages & chips for €3.95 extra.  The multi-tiered soft play centre provides a secure and stimulating environment for children up to 12 years of age, and a dedicated play area for toddlers. Socks must be worn. Call 064 663 9080 for more information and find them on Facebook / Buddies Play Centre Killarney

 

ZIPIT Farran Wood, Co. Cork - 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 harnesses.  Enjoy an exhilarating and challenging outdoor activity in a natural setting, building confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. Students will feel a great sense of achievement as they conquer each activity, pushing their comfort zones in a safe environment. Big challenges or baby steps, as energetic instructors will encourage and motivate even the most nervous student, creating a lasting sense of achievement. You can extend your day and enjoy the natural forest surrounds in Farran Park with plenty of open space for games and trails, as well as a newly installed children’s playground.

Cost is €15 per primary student with free participation and free tea / coffee for all teachers. Suitable for age 9+ with circuits to suit all ages and levels of fitness. Activities last for 4 hours. For 3rd class upwards, there are three circuits for different heights, ages and abilities.   6th class groups can try out an 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 at their own pace.   Zipit operates to the highest EU safety standards. Instructors hold European Ropes Course Association qualifications 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 on Zipit Farran Wood, Co. Cork. Get active, get connected and get outdoors!

 

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. Don’t miss the ‘Mayors through the Ages, Eight Centuries of Civic Government in Ireland’ at City Hall.

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

 

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 water zorbing, 30ft climbing wall, foot darts, archery and more.

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

 

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 water zorbing, 30ft climbing wall, foot darts, 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

 

School Tours at Craggaunowen – The Living Past Experience: Ireland’s original award winning pre-historic park.  Come and explore the roots of the people, homesteads, animals and artifacts of our Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago which have touched and shaped how we live today. Witness the inner workings of a 16th Century Castle from the perspective of a servant and discover the secrets of a ring fort and Crannog as a chieftain. Observe rare and really interesting animal breeds such as wild boar and soay sheep - specimens of the pre-historic era.  Enjoy activities as part of your visit including  water zorbing, 30ft climbing wall, foot darts, archery, clue trails, weaving, pottery and more.  Reservations necessary – please call 061 360788 or email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

 

The award-winning FOYNES FLYING BOAT & MARITIME MUSEUM in Co. Limerick was once the centre of the aviation world for aircraft and this unique story is brought to life with exhibits and interactive displays for all ages. Board the world's only full- size Boeing 314 Flying Boat replica and fly the new Boeing 314 Flight Simulators!  The museum is in the original terminal building and is told by way of film in a 1940s style Cinema, showcases on the War years, Airline & Aircraft memorabilia. Wonderful 3D Hologram and Children’s Interactive Room.  The Maritime Museum explores the history of the River Shannon; including transportation and emigration during famine times; production of American Confederate uniforms in Limerick which were shipped from Foynes, and the tragic story of the Colleen Bawn and the 'Windsor Castle Ghost Ship'. See how Currach’s and Gondolas were made. Enter the original 1940s Control Tower for spectacular views of the Shannon Estuary! Visit the new Gift Shop and Irish Coffee Lounge. A new Maureen O’Hara exhibition will be added shortly and don’t forget to check out her Oscar award in reception! For School Tour enquiries and rates call: 069 65416 E: info@flyingboatmuseum.com and visit www.flyingboatmuseum.com