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How do I organise a fieldtrip to the  Outdoor Classroom at Lough Gur?

Explore 6,000 years of life

Lough Gur Outdoor Classroom

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Lough Gur offers each school an insight into Ireland's past. Lough Gur is a unique site in that it has visible remains and evidence from every age beginning with Neolithic and including modern times. Home to Ireland's largest stone circle and finest stone forts, Lough Gur is a living landscape.


Your school will be greeted by a professional guide who will lead your students around the Lough Gur area to view the archaeological and historic megaliths. Lough Gur also has a wealth of folklore and reputedly has the Munster entrance to Tír Na Nóg! 


Facilities include:

  • Exhibition with artefact display, interactive touch screens, dig models, dressing up corner and listening posts

  • Coach and car parking

  • Coffee dock

  • Picnic areas

  • Toilets at car park

  • Walking trails around the lake and hills taking in archaelogical and historical sites

Where is Lough Gur?

Lough Gur, County Limerick is located 21km South East of Limerick City on the R512 near Holycross and Bruff


Directions from R512 turning at Reardon’s Pub in Holycross

Take the turning immediately beside Reardons Pub in Holycross (left if coming from Limerick direction and right if coming from Kilmallock direction) and continue to the lakefront in LoughGur. The Heritage Centre is located at the far end of the lakefront on the right hand side. 


GPS co-ordinates details as follows:

Lough Gur lake: N 52 31.316’ W008 31.173’

Programmes available at Lough Gur

When archaeology and science collide


A full programme of activities under the Discover Primary Maths and Science programme include 

  • Understanding the Great Grange Stone Circle through the medium of archaeoastronomy 

  • Algebra and the Great Grange Stone Circle

  • Calculation of density

  • Pond life dipping workshop

  • Archaeological dig and Neolithic pot building activities. 

  • Tour of the Lough Gur Heritage Centre through history and science


What does Lough Gur offer your school?

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What does Lough Gur offer your school? Where is Lough Gur? How do I organise a fieldtrip to Lough Gur? Programmes available at Lough Gur Lough-Gur-Aerial LoughGurHeritage-Centre

Make a booking using the online form or by telephone.


We recommend that you download the Fieldtrip Planner and Guidelines for Safe Learning Outdoors from our downloads page and use these to prepare for your fieldtrip.


Find out more about Lough Gur at

This map can be downloaded and printed from our Downloads Page.

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"The children are really engaged all the time. It's 'painless learning', they don't realise they're at it"


Ms. Murphy, Principal, Co. Limerick.