About the visits
Visits begin with a tour of the heritage site or museum, providing the context for learning about the theme of the place and its history and past functions. This is followed by a curriculum-linked workshop that includes a short documentary film; brief re-enactments by period dressed guides, and a hands-on question and answer session linked to a prize. All sessions are kept brief to ensure complete enjoyment and understanding. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to inter-act with their guides throughout. Tours will vary according to the time of your visit and the average age of students.
Choice of interactive workshops
All workshops are designed to support the teaching of the Cultural Heritage & History curriculum, and build on the tour with more focused content. Each is differentiated for the appropriate age of the students, makes use of interactive technology and culminates in a question and answer session with the guide.
Our visit programmes are designed to support citizenship education, historic literacy and the national curriculum.
Useful visit preparation resources for each site are available at www.wirtartna.com/education.html.
How to book
Due to the high demand for this service, prior booking is always advised. Our educational programme is extremely popular and fills up quickly.
Each time slot is for a maximum of 32 persons, including staff. Our adult/pupil ratio is 1 adult for every 15 pupils. Our minimum group size is 5 children and no more than 2 accompanying adults.
We welcome pupils with special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements. You may contact us by phone on 21800992, 21803091 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact us to book your visit. A minimal fee of €3.50 per student is charged. There are no charges for teachers or minders accompanying student groups. All resources used are free of charge.
Notice to teachers
We advise that teachers planning a school outing to one of our sites will visit the website for that site to acquaint themselves with its history and nature. They can also download a free copy of the Teachers and Student Educational Pack for some of these sites directly from the Education Page.