School Tours | Nano Nagle Place, Cork

School Tours

General Info

Whether you are a school group, or a youth organisation, or home school groups you are VIPs at Nano Nagle Place. Our museum is designed for discovery and really appeals to younger visitors.

Our school tours focus on the inspirational life of Nano Nagle, the grim world of 18th Century Cork and the history of the Presentation Sisters.

We offer a group rate for groups of 8 or over of €4 per student, Teachers are free of charge. Please note we cannot accommodate a group larger than 30 students at one time.

We recommend a stay of 1.5 hours and we have space for your students to have their lunch or a short break if needed.

If you are interested in booking a school visit or a virtual tour for your class, please contact our Learning and Engagement Officer Jessica Cull via email at or fill in the booking form below.

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Planning your Tour


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, The Crawford Gallery (The Custom’s House in Nano’s day), or Elizabeth Fort (link to all cultural sites website).

Child Safeguarding:

Here are the Irish National Teachers Association Suggested Ratios for School Tours

    • 1 adult for every 6 pupils in school years 1 to 3 (under 5s reception classes should have a higher ratio);

    • 1 adult for every 10-15 pupils in school years 4 to 6;

    • 1 adult for every 15-20 pupils in school year 7 onwards.

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


The cost is €4 per student, teachers go free. Please pay for your visit in one lump sum or we can arrange for an invoice to be sent to your school.


Please note we do not have parking available on-site. The easiest drop off point for coaches is George’s Quay, a short walk from Nano Nagle Place via Dunbar Street or Mary Street as shown below:

School Tour Activities

Discover Nano Nagle – Suitable for all ages

For many schools the focus of visits is on bringing the story of Nano Nagle alive for their students. We can accommodate 30 students max for these Nano focussed visits. The tour includes a guided tour of the museum, along with a visit to Miss Nagle’s Parlour and the Artefacts Room, concluding the tour at the graveyard and tomb.

Hop into History! – For learners aged 3-7

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 15 students)

Museum in a Box – For learners aged 8+

Museum in a Box is an interactive cabinet of curiosities that allows students to playfully discover the lives of people 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. Maximum 30 students.

Virtual Tour

Can’t visit us in person? No problem, we can bring Nano Nagle Place to your classroom! Book a virtual visit to Nano Nagle Place, and using our 360° tour we can bring you can visit our 3.5 acre site from the comfort of your own classroom! There is no limit to the amount of students we can take on a virtual tour.

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. 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.”

To book a school tour email Learning & Engagement Officer Jess Cull at or call 021 – 4193580

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