School Tours


Our School Tours

Our School Tours Programme caters for students at both primary and secondary level and offers a wide range of hands-on, educational activities based on the school curriculum. Guided tours, interactive workshops and discovery trails enable pupils to explore our exhibitions in a fun and accessible way. Students can learn how to write a story like John B. Keane; go on a ‘Treasure Hunt’ to find hidden clues about the writers; learn about local folklore on our Púca Story Trail; and step back in time to explore the history of this ancient landscape in our interactive exhibition ‘Listowel through the Ages’.


what we offer

With Information Packs and Worksheets provided to each pupil, Kerry Writers’ Museum is an ideal environment to stimulate your student’s imaginations.

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School Tour

Self-Guided Tour

Learn about Kerry writers with your personal audio guide and treasure hunt.

  • €3 Per Pupil
  • Approx. 1 hour
  • 12-20
Windows of Wonder Guided Tour

Join our actor guides in a magical tour featuring the stories & songs of our writers and Púca Story Trail.

  • €4 Per Pupil
  • Approx. 1.5 hour
  • 10-30
Creative Writing Tour

Museum guided tour and creative writing workshop with a local writer.

  • €5 Per Pupil
  • Approx. 2 hour
  • 15-40

Groups may be split depending on size.
Teachers are free of charge.

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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.

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River Walk &
Nature Trail Research

On our guided nature trail along the River Feale students will discover and learn about the myriad of plant and animal life which lives along the River. Discover Listowel’s ‘secret’ garden – The Garden of Europe, which 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.



Frequently Asked Questions

What time do we have to be there?

To ensure you get the most from your visit, our School Tour Programme 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 Tours 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?

Complimentary tea/coffee and homemade scones will be provided for Teachers and Support Staff upon arrival.

Are you insured?

All activities are fully insured.

Do you have a shop?

We operate a small book and gift shop at Kerry Writers’ Museum, but this part of the School Tours Programme is entirely at your discretion. A suggested amount of pocket money needed would be no more than €8.00.

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If you are a tour operator or have a special interest in our Museum please get in touch to find out our group options we have on offer.



What people are saying about us
  • Popped in here to escape the rain and get a cup of tea and cake. Very reasonable prices and great service. Then noticed the little hare jumping around on the wall when I used the toilets! Looked very intriguing and prompted us all to buy tickets to the museum. Wow! So worth it as the exhibits and the way it was presented was lovely, really unusual. So informative and so different to other museums. Really good value for money and a real highlight to the town.

    Great Service (Trip Advisor Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Most impressive is how ingrained in both The Creative & local communities The Seanchaí is, from the workshops, coffee mornings & plain old drop ins, To Book launches, poetry recitals, projects & engagements with the local schools. The Seanchaí is a much loved and universally treasured cultural icon. By the inhabitants of Listowel, most of Co. Kerry and West Limerick.

    Mark Ollerhead (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • We had requested the 30-minute tour, but happily lingered for an hour longer than we had planned. As we exited, we looked at each other and laughed out loud at our good fortune. We could have so easily missed this experience that left us feeling moved, intrigued and a bit more educated about the Kerry writers. In our delight, we failed to tip our guide but I will be going to your donations page to make a modest pledge in gratitude for our host whose name we did not record to memory.

    Jane Braswell (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Our visit to the Kerry Writers Museum was a very memorable experience from beginning to end. Cara, who was working at the centre that day, was very welcoming and most helpful. The exhibition of the Kerry writers was imaginative and most engaging. The seanchai relating the background stories each writer was magic! A wonderful experience all round.

    Cara (Google Review)

    – May, 2021

  • This museum has been developed with great care and meticulous attention to detail. The audio elements are matched perfectly to the installations which are beautifully presented. The option to activate the audio guides in each room without resorting to the use of handheld devices worked very well. This is a must see/hear for anyone with an interest in Irish writing. There is also a little coffee shop and gifts on sale.

    Beautifully Curated (Trip Advisor Review)

    – July, 2019


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