A visit to The Kerry Writers’ Museum in Ireland’s literary capital and the beautiful Historic Town of Listowel, Co Kerry is like no other school tour. A fun-filled and educational trip for your School to The Kerry Writers’ Museum is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day for all ages!
With a varied combination of events and activities specifically created for National School pupils, our unique School Tour Programme at The Kerry Writers’ Museum provides maximum interactive educational value in an entertaining and inspirational environment.
Kerry Writers’ Museum
Brought to life by costumed characters and audio visual aids, our School Tour Programme is designed to take your pupils on a stimulating journey of discovery through the songs and stories of our renowned Kerry Writers.
Listen to “The Master”, Bryan MacMahon telling us why he believed that storytelling and ballads are important to children’s imagination. Discover how at the word “Abracadabra!” a baby elephant entered a school classroom!
Learn how to write a story like John B. Keane and participate in a special ‘Treasure Hunt’ where you learn about the Kerry Writers through discovering a series of clues hidden throughout the 19th Century Georgian Residence which houses the Museum.
With Information Packs and Worksheets available for each pupil, together with a choice of additional activities to make the most of your visit to Listowel, The Kerry Writers’ Museum provides an outstanding environment to stimulate your pupils’ imaginations.
Duration: 2 hours
Make the Most of Your Day and Include Visits to One (or More!) of the Varied Range of Options –
We Can Customise A School Tour Programme Designed for Your Particular Requirements
The Lartigue Monorail & Museum
All aboard for a demonstration trip on the “World’s Strangest Train” and experience a truly unique form of rail travel!
The Lartigue Monorail was a unique railway line which ran between Listowel and Ballybunion in the late 19th century and this re-creation of a much-loved and laughed-at historical railway will delight children of all ages. In addition to their trip on the train, your group can also experience the Museum’s models and displays and watch historic film footage of the original railway.
Duration: Approx. 1 1/2 hours
Listowel Community Centre & Sports Complex
We suggest that the final part of your School Tour Programme in Listowel should end with your pupils enjoying a couple of hours burning off any remaining excess energy at the Listowel Community Centre & Sports Complex. Under the supervision of experienced leaders, choose from a wide range of fun-filled activities on offer such as:
- Inflatables – Bouncy Castle. Giant Slide and Obstacle Course
- Scavenger Hunts, Treasure Hunt and Cryptic Quest
- World Cup Football
- Supervised Games.
Duration: 2-3 hours
St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre
Visit this 18th century Gothic church which now houses the theatre and discover how a play comes to life on the stage.
Nature Trail, River Walk and The Garden of Europe
Take your pupils on a guided nature trail along the River Feale and learn about the plant and animal life which lives along the River.
Discover Listowel’s ‘secret’ garden – The Garden of Europe occupies a secluded corner in the Town Park. This section of the Park was transformed in 1995 into The Garden of Europe to commemorate the anniversary of the ending of World War II.
Twelve mini-gardens, dedicated to various members of the European Union, are filled with over 3000 trees and plants. The Garden of Europe also features a bust of the poet, Schiller, and Ireland’s only Holocaust Memorial. The Garden of Europe is also a winner of the Tidy Towns National Landscapes Award.
Duration: Approx. 1 hour
Situated on the north bank of the River Feale, Listowel Castle dates back to the 13th century and is believed to have been built by the Fitzmaurices, Anglo-Norman Earls of Kerry, when they acquired estates in the area. The present Castle dates from the early part of the 15th century and was possibly inspired by Bunratty Castle and consisted of a large central block with smaller towers at each corner. It fell to English forces in a siege of the Castle in 1600.
Take a guided tour through Listowel Castle and journey back to medieval times of marauding attackers, defending forces and practical living! As you meander through the east and west towers of the Castle, you will discover the ingenious defensive features including internal spiral staircase, loop windows and musket loop. The many garderobes throughout the Castle served as the ‘ensuite’ toilets of the day.
Please note the Castle site is very restricted and can only accommodate groups of 12 at a time.
Duration: 40 minutes
Your group will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of Ireland’s majestic and magnificent birds of prey – hawks, falcons and owls. The Falconer will enthral you with talks about the bird’s characteristics, its habitat and interesting or notable facts.
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Please note that this particular activity is subject to weather conditions.
Rates will vary according to the number and combination of activities required for each School Tour Programme. To ensure that you have enough time to enjoy all the activities, we would recommend that a maximum of 3 are incorporated in your Programme.
Rates are based on the number of pupils confirmed at the time of booking and are valid from 1st March to 30th June 2013 inclusive.
We do not charge Teachers and Support Staff accompanying pupils on any of the activities on our School Tour Programmes.
Entry to The Kerry Writers’ Museum is €5.00 per pupil and listed below are examples of other rates available:
- Kerry Writers’ Museum & Lartigue Monorailway (€10.00 per pupil)
- Kerry Writers’ Museum & Listowel Castle & Falconry Display (€15.00 per pupil)
- Listowel Community Centre & Sports Complex (from €7.00 per pupil)
For an extra €6.00 per pupil, we can also provide a choice of hot lunches in the Literary Café at the
Seanchaí Centre as follows:
- Chicken Nuggets or Sausages, Chips and Beans; or
- Roast Chicken Breast With Mash & Seasonal Vegetables; with
- Jugs of blackcurrant/orange squash.
For an extra €4.00 per pupil, packed lunches can be pre-booked for collection on the day of your visit. Contents (guide only) sandwich, piece of fruit, crisps/biscuit and a drink.
Please advise of any special dietary requirements at time of booking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Listowel is situated on the N69 scenic Shannon Estuary route and is approximately
- 18km / 11 miles / 20 minute drive from the Killimer, Co Clare to Tarbert, Co Kerry Car Ferry
- 28km / 17 miles / 25 minute drive from Tralee
- 60km / 37 miles / 1 hour drive from Killarney
- 76km / 47 miles / 11/4 hour drive from Limerick City
Availability & Booking
To ensure that each party enjoys their visit to Listowel, we limit the number of School Tour Programmes provided each day so we would strongly advise you to book well in advance.
To guarantee a particular date, as well as the availability of the range of activities you require, a non-refundable deposit of 25% will be taken on confirmation of booking.
For bookings and general enquiries, contact:
The Kerry Writers’ Museum
The Seanchaí – Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre
24 The Square, Listowel,
Tel. (068) 22212
Fax (068) 22170
We accept cash and all major credit/debit cards. Payment by cheque (made payable to ‘Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre’) is also acceptable.
Free parking available at all venues.
What Time Do We Have To Be There?
To ensure you get the most from your visit to Listowel, School Tour Programmes usually commence at 10am. This may vary depending on the number of activities you require but will be confirmed at time of booking. However, we will endeavour to accommodate any other requests.
What Do We Need to Wear/Bring?
Comfortable clothes and walking footwear, rain jackets and sun cream!
What If It Rains?
Our School Tour Programme includes a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities so your visit will be successful regardless of the elements.
Are There Refreshments Available for Teachers?
Tea or coffee with homemade scones will be provided for Teachers and Support Staff upon arrival.
If students are availing of the lunch option, complimentary lunch will also be provided for Teachers and Support Staff.
Are You Insured?
All activities are fully insured.
Do You Have a Shop?
We operate a small book and gift shop at The Kerry Writers’ Museum but this part of the School Tour Programme is entirely at your discretion. Just let us know at the time of booking whether you want the children to visit the shop or not and we will ensure that your request is accommodated.
A suggested amount of pocket money needed would be no more than €5.00.
Alternatively, Souvenir Goodie Bags for all pupils can be collected at The Kerry Writers’ Museum as part of your visit. Costing just €4.00, each Souvenir Goodie Bag includes a hardback notepad, pencil, pen and rubber wristband (gifts subject to change)
We know that Listowel is a fantastic place to bring a group of children. So much so that, if you have not visited us before, we would like to invite you to come along and take a look for yourself, free of charge. All we ask is that book your “Taster Visit” in advance and present some form of school identification on arrival.