Teachers looking for an exciting destination for school concert tours should consider a trip to Dublin – Ireland’s centre of music. Boasting a wealth of historical sights and venues perfect for school performances, youngsters are sure to have a memorable and worthwhile experience.
Employing a school travel service can help teachers secure venues for performance, such as St Ann’s Collage and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Meanwhile, there are a number of attractions in this vibrant city that are of a historical and cultural interest to pupils.
Starting with Dublin Castle, students will be able to learn important facts about the history of the city – and Ireland as a whole. Formerly the seat of British rule in the country, the castle is a now an important centre for Irish government. Although the castle dates back to the 13th century, much of it was destroyed in the 17th century and therefore most of what students will see today was built in the 1700s.
A similarly historic site is the Kilmainham Gaol – a prison-turned-museum. Most notable for imprisoning key figures in Irish rebellions, the jail was also notorious for its poor and crowded conditions.
Meanwhile, a treasure of national importance can be seen at Trinity College. It houses the Book of Kells, which dates back to 800 AD and is said to be one of the nation’s most important artefacts. Written in Latin and featuring calligraphy and Insular illumination – a post-Roman British art form – the book is an astonishing work of art.
After learning about the history of the area, students will be able to perform at locations such as the bandstand at St Stephen’s Green – a park in the city. They can also choose to take part in activities such as an Irish dancing evening, where they can learn some tradition steps with their peers.
Teachers can also take their pupils to Dublinia, an interactive exhibition which will help them to understand the city’s history, including medieval and Viking periods.
And for a treat, the nearby seaside town of Bray is a good place to finish up the trip, where students can enjoy a mile of beachfront promenade before heading home.