Plan a Visit

When to Visit?

September to April: Tours, workshops & demonstrations

May & June: Tours only

All activities are subject to availability.

Maximum Group Size for Activities:

  • Infant classes: 10 max
  • Primary (1st – 6th class): 15 max
  • Post Primary junior cycle & transition year: 15 max
  • Post Primary senior cycle: 25 max
  • Visitors with special needs: 10 max plus carers

You will need to book more than one activity for larger groups.


Visit beforehand to see the exhibitions, plan activities and collect worksheets.

Do It Yourself

Enjoy the museum without booking a tour or activity. This allows you to choose a time and date that suits you.

We DO need to know you’re coming. Make a bookingLinks to external website and we will help you organise your trip.

More information


Adults in charge must remain with their group at all times while in the Museum buildings and on the grounds and are responsible for the group’s behaviour and safety.

Child Protection & Codes of Conduct

See our Policies & Guidelines page.


We have cloakroom facilities. We ask children to bring as little baggage as possible with them. Purses and other valuables should not be left in the cloakroom.

  • Please advise your group not to touch exhibits.
  • Mobile phones are not permitted.
  • Flash photography & video recording are not permitted


All buildings are fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available.

We cater for visitors with hearing difficulties and visual impairments.

Read more about accessibility at the museum.

Lunch / Snacks

Please contact Brambles café directly on 094 9289972 or email for more information or to make a café booking. We strongly advise that you make a bookingLinks to external website for your museum visit first.

There are picnic tables in the gardens.


An extensive range of books for all ages, unique Irish art and craft items, prints and paintings, jewellery, craft packs along with smaller items suitable for children.

Read more about the shop.


Free supervised coach parking.

If your group is travelling by bus, please warn the driver that the entrance gate is very narrow and caution is needed.

Planning a ‘Do It Yourself’ Visit

For more information and tips for organising a self directed visit...

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