School Groups

Nano Nagle Place is now offering a virtual guided tour of our site!

Experience the architecture, the garden and the museum of Nano Nagle Place with an expert tour guide! Learn about the inspirational life of Nano Nagle, the desolate world of 18th Century Cork and the history of the Presentation Sisters.

If you are interested in booking a virtual tour for your class, please contact our Education and Outreach Officer Sorcha O’Brien via email at


Plan Your Visit


We recommend a stay of 1.5 hours. Teachers can make a FREE planning visit in advance of a school group visit please contact to organise these visits.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate groups greater than 80 students at any one visit. If you wish to bring a larger group why not combine a visit to other 18th Century locations in Cork like St Anne’s Shandon, Cork Butter Museum (not quite an 18th Century building but the butter trade was alive and well in Nano’s day), St. Peter’s, Triskel Christchurch, The Crawford Gallery (The Custom’s House in Nano’s day), or Elizabeth Fort? Half the group can visit Nano Nagle Place, the other half another museum, and then the two groups can swap over.

We offer a group rate for groups of 8 or over of €4 per head. Space to eat lunch is available for up to 80 students when our Conference Space is available, and tea and coffee can be provided for an extra €1 per head. Please pay for your visit in one lump some rather than students making individual payments.

Please pay for your visit in one lump some rather than students making individual payments.

Please note that teachers have to stay with the group for the duration of the visit.

Many coach drivers will not drive down Douglas Street to drop students to our front plaza. The easiest drop off point is George’s Quay, a short walk from Nano Nagle Place via Dunbar Street or Mary Street as shown below.

School Programmes

Discovering Nano Nagle

Whether you are a school group, or a youth organisation, or home school groups you are VIPs at Nano Nagle Place. We offer a group rate for groups of 8 or over of €4 per head.

We can facilitate a visit where the group are allowed to just ‘explore’, or more structured visits, listed below.

For many schools the focus of visits is on bringing the story of Nano Nagle alive for their students. We can accommodate groups of up to 80 students for these Nano focussed visits. The larger group is divided into groups of c.20 for guided tours of the museum, the artefact room, Miss Nagle’s Parlor, along with the graveyard and tomb. Each session lasts between 20 – 30 minutes. Students get a chance to see all the site has to offer.

Smaller groups can engage in more creative activities using digital technology, these can be focused on Nano and her work and legacy, they can be reflections, or can document the student visits to Nano Nagle Place.

For learners aged 3-7 –  ‘Hop into History!’

Hop into History is an interactive hop into Nano’s Cork for children aged 3-7 years. We hop back in time and use objects from 18th century Cork to imagine Nano’s City.  We use physical activity and imagery to convey ideas of the passage of time and continuity and change in the city. We then tour the museum and use objects to help us discover what living in 18th-century Cork city was really like (maximum 12 students per session – for schools we can divide classes into two groups and do other activities with the other half of the class). Perfect for home school groups.

For learners aged 8 and upward –  ‘The Museum in a Box’ 

Designed by some brilliant masters students from Cork Institute of Technology, the Museum in a Box is an interactive cabinet of curiosities that allows students to playfully discover the lives of women in 18th-century Cork via some strange and gruesome objects and stories. Students work in teams to figure out what their objects were for, and what story their objects are telling. Thanks to some very smart technology the Museum in a Box can give them some hints along the way! (Maximum 25 students). Perfect for home school groups.

For learners aged 14 upward  – ‘Lives at South Pres School’

Students develop their information literacy skills by using our old school registers, coupled with the 1901 and 1911 census online and other websites and databases to discover the homes and lives of children at South Pres school over 100 years ago. Students find the homes were children lived via digital maps and the activity culminates in a walk around the area to find these houses in South Parish. (Maximum 24 students)

Virtual Tours

Nano Nagle Place is now offering virtual school tours!

We can Zoom into to any classroom in Ireland or across the world. Your students will experience history, architecture, museum and gardens of Nano Nagle Place through our immersive virtual tour. Learn about the inspirational life of Nano Nagle, 18th Century Cork and the history of the Presentation Sisters with an expert tour guide.

If you are interested in booking a virtual tour for your class, please for more info.



Teacher Feedback

Here is some feedback from recent school tours

Patrick said:

“From the moment we arrived until the second we departed, the staff treated both teachers and children alike with warmth, engagement and genuine hospitality. We all spoke on the train returning to Cobh about how the team made the experience so enjoyable and engaging.

The tours were carried out in an organised and well run manner by splitting the group into teams. Throughout the morning, the staff members co-ordinated the teams into different zones of the centre and this system worked seamlessly. This was no easy feat with 90 children to manage!

The children (and teachers) learned so much about Nano and 18th century Cork from the staff members. I feel that while the facility itself is state of the art and a gem in the heart of the city, it is only enhanced and perfected by the dedication of each and every one of those staff members who looked after us today and they deserve to take a bow!”

Hugh said:

“We took a group of 12 year old children to visit this museum just before Christmas ’17. The staff were very friendly, informative and pitched their tour perfectly to the children. The cost was very reasonable, so little that we paid more then asked. The building and displays are a wonderful mix of old and new. The museum really captures the reality of Nano Nagle’s mission. The tour was also modified to include much information about Christmas in Cork at the time of Nano Nagle. I will certainly return with a class.”

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