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School Trips to Ireland

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!

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

Prices from £239 pp

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Why visit Ireland?

Fascinating political history

The UK and Ireland have a long and complex political history. Your political history school trip to Ireland 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 food technology school trip to Ireland offers some really exciting opportunities for 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

A school trip to Ireland will be 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.

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Take a look at our range of Ireland school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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School Trips to Dublin

A school trip to Dublin offers your students the exciting opportunity to explore Ireland's vibrant capital city!

Dublin school trips are popular among food technology groups who will enjoy learning about chocolate making and brewing. And politics students will love the opportunity to learn more about the complicated political history between the UK and Ireland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different types of school 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.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

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 the what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

As a general rule we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months prior to your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accomodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later than this, don't worry, it is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to help guide you and save you time throughout the process.

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.

Activities and excursions 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,… Read More

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… Read More

Dublinia

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

Kilmainham Gaol

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

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… Read More

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

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

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… Read More

Dublin Cookery School

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

Old Jameson Distillery Tour

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

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!