History the fun way
A school tour of the Athenry Heritage Centre provides all the elements for an educational and fun day out. Children can learn using our excellent models, story-boards and touch screen audio-visual presentations, while enjoying medieval punishments in the market square "stocks". The school tour comes alive with medieval costumes for all the students and the centre provides supervised Have-A-Go archery lessons for budding Robin Hoods. The students can also visit the dungeon of horror to experience the dark side of medieval life, discover the wooden maze and enjoy a picnic in the centre's garden. Admission is €8 per student for all the activities listed on this page.
Your school tour begins with the boys and girls being transported back in time with our medieval costumes. Choose between a Knight, Soldier, Lady in Waiting or Serf. There are costumes for all including the teachers!
Each group receives a personal tour of the centre by one of our experienced tour guides which includes demonstrations of armour and weaponry. See the towns original Mace and Seal, the oldest known of their kind in Ireland. The school tour continues with interactive exhibits which include Norman, Spanish and Roundhead helmets. Discover the history of archery with exhibits of an English Longbow and a Norman Crossbow. Students can also try on the chainmail of a Norman soldier.
The Athenry Heritage Centre provides a unique school tour activity which for many is the highlight of their tour.
Have-A-Go Archery is fully supervised
Trained by TASI
Insured by PJT Insurance
Safe & Secure Environment
All weather activity
To complete your school tour, the heritage centre provides additional activities which include tug of war, a visit to the medieval herb garden and the use of the picnic area. Our wooden maze will enthrall the students as they try to find their way through its twists and turn.
The award winning heritage centre is the ideal location for any Primary School Tour. The centre is wheelchair accessible and there is easy access for coach parking.