School trips to Ireland

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School trips to Ireland offer short journey times and diverse learning opportunities, with most of our school groups choosing to base themselves in the lively capital, Dublin!

Ireland is a great choice for a number of subjects, particularly political history and food technology.

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Why visit Ireland?

Fascinating political history

The UK and Ireland have a long and complex political history. A school trip focusing on this topic will bring to life the historical, social and economical contexts around events such as the Easter Rising and the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Your students will explore some of the challenges of home rule and nationalism. And they'll learn more about how and why Ireland was partitioned in 1921 and how this led to the Irish Civil War.

At Kilmainham Gaol, your students will hear the personal stories of some of the leading figures in Irish nationalism.

And at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, you’ll learn more about some of those who shaped modern Ireland, such as Eamon de Valera, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins.

Iconic cuisine

A school trip to Ireland offers some really exciting opportunities for food technology students. They’ll visit the Guinness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery to discover more about the brewing and distilling processes involved in two of Ireland’s biggest exports.

They’ll enjoy a cookery lesson at Dublin Cookery School and discover the role of food in Ireland’s culture on a Food, Folklore and Fairies evening at Dublin’s oldest pub.

And they’ll explore the world of iconic Irish chocolate brand Butlers, where they’ll find out more about the different types of chocolate and how they’re made. There will also be lots of opportunities to try some!

Vibrant culture

School trips to Ireland are always an unforgettable experience for your students. As well as the exciting educational activities available here, there will be lots of opportunities to experience the country’s vibrant culture.

And, wherever you go, you’ll experience a traditional warm Irish welcome.

Activities in Ireland that your school group will love

Dublin Castle

In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Ireland's history. Today,

Historical walking tour of Dublin

This walking tour of Dublin,conducted by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, explores the

Dublinia

Dublinia is an unforgettable experience at the heart of Dublin City, the crossroads where modern and old Dublin meets. It

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol has borne witness to many of the most important events in Irish history since it opened in 1796.

Guinness Storehouse

World-famous for its beer production, the Guinness Storehouse is now Ireland's no.1 attraction. Yourgroup will learn all about the history

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Glasnevin Cemetery was opened to the public in 1832 and is the largest non-denominational cemetery in Ireland. Until its opening,

Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies

Visit Dublin's oldest pub to experience an evening of Food, Folklore and Faries. As you tuck in to a traditional

Dublin Cookery School

During your evening cookery course choose from; a demonstration where you will learn all of the methods and techniques to

Old Jameson Distillery Tour

Set in a recreated distillery scene, travel back in time to discover the captivating story of Jameson and how three

Guinness Storehouse

World-famous for its beer production, the Guinness Storehouse is now Ireland's no.1 attraction. Yourgroup will learn all about the history

Old Jameson Distillery Tour

Set in a recreated distillery scene, travel back in time to discover the captivating story of Jameson and how three

Dublin Castle

In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Ireland's history. Today,

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol has borne witness to many of the most important events in Irish history since it opened in 1796.

Where to visit in Ireland

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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