Russborough is the perfect place for school tours
Located in Blessington, Co. Wicklow, we offer the opportunity to learn about Irish history, architecture, fine art and the natural environment, all in one beautiful setting. Here you can combine learning with fun, interesting activities and the great outdoors. With plenty of space for little ones to let off steam, we’ve put together some great school tours and packages filled with the best features and events that our historic house and parklands have to offer.
Tours for Primary Schools
For children ages 5 to 8 years (€5.00 per child): Tree Trail, Maze, Fairy trail & Playground
For children ages 9 to 12 years (€6.00 per child): Guided House Tour, Maze & Playground
Teachers enter free of charge.
Make sure that you book early by calling +353 (0)45 865239 to avoid disappointment.
Open 1st March to 20th December 7 days a week
The Art Room at Russborough
with Me and the Moon
At the Art Room at Russborough, we foster creativity through workshops inspired by the spectacular setting of Russborough House & Parklands. All workshops are process-driven, supporting each child in exploring their own imagination and ideas. Creative play and 'happy accidents' are encouraged, meaning children create work unique to themselves. The workshops are a fun day out, and rich learning experience for children of all ages.
We’re kicking off with a series of monthly pop-up workshops for children and look forward to announcing a wealth of events in the near future.
For full details and booking visit Me and the Moon's website.
'Learning without walls’ - Creative pedagogy for 21st century teaching and learning in the natural environment
Date/time: Thursday May 16th 2019, 1.00 pm-4.30 pm
Course leaders: Prof Carmel O’Sullivan and Brian Poots
Cost: €35 (includes lunch and afternoon tea)
Booking: 045 865239
Dress: Comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors
This course will discuss the related 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking,
collaboration and communication, which underpin all learning and teaching in a rapidly
changing century. It will demonstrate how these skills can foster students’ well-being
through spending time outdoors experiencing and enjoying learning through nature.
The first half of the course will introduce teachers and other interested participants to compelling educational arguments about developing students’ creative and critical faculties, sharing practical advice on how to achieve this in educational contexts. The second half will involve participants in experiencing a series of outdoor creative activities such as den building, which can be used with students to encourage their engagement with nature and the environment around them.
A guided tour of Russborough is an adventure in fine art and architecture
A tour with an expert guide is an excellent way for you to discover 18th century Irish architecture along with European art from the 17th to the 20th centuries. During your tour you will learn about the building of Russborough by renowned architect Richard Castle for wealthy Dublin brewer Joseph Leeson, 1st Earl of Milltown and its subsequent owners the Dalys and Sir Alfred and Lady Beit.
Along with a number of pieces commissioned specially for the house by the 1st Earl of Milltown, more than fifty paintings, very fine furniture, porcelain, and artefacts from the Beit collection are on display. Lovers of architecture, history and art are sure to enjoy Russborough. Just some of the highlights include:
Sir Alfred Beit Research Bursary 2019-2020
An award for postgraduate studies in Fine Arts
The aim of the bursary is to support postgraduate students, art practitioners and researchers in carrying on research in the practice and history of the Fine Arts in Ireland. The value of the bursary is €2,000.
One bursary will be awarded and is available to full-time postgraduate students, studying in any third level institution in Ireland. Applications must be made by the individual student and should demonstrate excellence in historical context and educational value.
Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge receipt of the bursary, be available
for any reasonable publicity that the Foundation considers to be appropriate, and to deliver a seminar at Russborough disseminating the results of their research.
How to apply
Applicants are required to complete and submit an application form, accompanied by an up
to date CV and a written reference from an appropriately qualified person. The deadline for receipt of applications, by email, is Monday 8th of July 2019 at 5.00pm to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The panel’s decision is final. There is no right of appeal. The bursary is for one year only and not renewable. Successful applicants may not reapply in subsequent years.
The Artists’ Courtyard
Lovers of arts and crafts will enjoy visiting our on-site artisans in their studios in the Courtyards at Russborough. Many of the talented artisans offer their own workshops throughout the year. Visit the Artisan's websites to find out more.
Along with the headquarters of Cruthú, the West Wicklow Arts Group you will the following artists and makers working, selling, and running workshops at Russborough:
About the Alfred Beit Foundation
The Alfred Beit Foundation owns and operates Russborough House and Parklands in County Wicklow, Ireland. In 1978, it opened Russborough to the public for guided tours. The Foundation's primary goal is to promote the advancement of education in the fine arts. More than a million visitors have taken a guided house tour since 1978.
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