Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Friday, 18 March 2016

Incoming!! School Tour Season!

I know it seems like only yesterday since Christmas but Easter is upon us and before we know it, it'll be time to get a school tour sorted!

I know a lot of people like going on a tour that takes the kids off your hands for the day but the teacher geek in me likes organising a tour that they're actually going to learn something from!

Here are a few of my suggestions for the Leinster area:
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I took 5th and 6th class on a tour of the Jeanie Johnston two years ago! It's short and sweet but good! Informative and ties in well if you've been learning about the famine or reading some of Marita Conlon McKenna's books! Prices start from 5euro per child.
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Staying on the quays, you can take a Liffey Tour in conjunction with the Jeanie Johnston. We took this after our Jeanie Johnston tour actually. The kid's loved it, because we went under all the bridges from the Ha'penny right down to the Three Arena. It's quite informative too in terms of learning about the history of the buildings all along the route. An added bonus is the odd seal swimming alongside!
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Lullymore Heritage Park has so many things in one place! A location that will last all day you can visit the 1798 John Doorly House and Forge, a famine mudwall cottage, a stone age settlement, an early Christian exhibition, a fairy village and much more! Along with the historical side you can visit the Pet Farm, indoor and outdoor play areas and a variety of walks! With so much at one spot, you can plan a particular trip to suit your class.
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For the GAA lovers a trip to Croke Park's Musuem is well worth it! Especially if you add in the Ethiad Skyline Tour.
On a clear day, there's no better way to see Dublin from all angles! Informative, educational, with excellent tour guides! 
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Wicklow Gaol is a great day out!  Let your class be transported back in time for an interactive learning experience ensuring fun and facts for all and a journey through two centuries of Irish history. Very reasonable too with prices starting from 5 euro per child!
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Bring your class to The Ark, Templebar, for something different! A day of arts, crafts and culture gives a different spin to the traditional school tour. The Ark always has a variety of themes available from month to month. Well worth checking out. Very reasonable with early bird prices starting from as little as 4.50! The Ark and The Book of Kells or St. Patrick's Cathedral. See. for more!
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Sea Life speaks for itself. A lovely maritime experience in beautiful Bray! An interesting informative trip for all classes! Group rates available.
*Also, following a trip to Sea Life, our school recently had an aquarium on loan from Bray - 5th class had to look after some fish for a few weeks! Great fun! 
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I'm a bit of a history nut so I can't recommend Glasnevin Museum enough! There's so much on offer here such as a 1916 tour, a World War 1 handling tour, Pearse Rossa Speechmaking Workshops AND the option of double trip - a pass to Glasnevin Cemetary and the National Museaum of Ireland Collin's Barracks (my personal favourite). 
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This is something different altogether! Bring your class on an Eco Adventure. With options of pony trekking, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, survival training and team building tasks combined with the option of field studies too. Located in some of the most beautiful parts of the country  in Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow, Galway and Kerry you can even stay over for the hostel experience. With so many packages to chose from you can pick the perfect trip to suit your class.

I'll post some more alternative suggestions over the next few weeks!


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