Replica of the Monasterevin Sword

Medieval Ireland

Ireland in the Middle Ages Tour

Medieval Ireland Knight

Students will gain a good insight into the time-period between the 12th and early 16th centuries and discuss the archaeological evidence, which exists and which is displayed.

The tour begins at a wall-length image of the Bayeux Tapestry, and an explanation of how the Normans came to arrvicve and settle in ireland. Pupils then explore the Medieval Ireland exhibition, see the archaeological evidence about the power and fighting tactics the Normans used, and also the lives of Medieval women. Next they look at daily life and hear about the work and diet of the workers in towns and the countryside. The final part of the tour explains the power and central role of the Church, and the importance of religous festivals, pilgrimmage and artwork.      

Key Curriculum Strands

SESE History 5th &6th Class

Life, society, work and culture in the past

Life in Norman Ireland

Life in mediaeval towns and countryside in Ireland and Europe

Maximum: 20 per group. Duration: approx. 45 minutes

Self-Directed Visits

Teachers, should you wish to bring a school group to the Museum on a self-directed visit, we recommend that you give advance notice of your visit and contact the Bookings Office via email.

If you are leading a self directed visit of the Museum, we recommend before you bring your class in, that you come to the Museum and explore the exhibition. There are some hands-on activities in this exhibition where students can learn more about Medieval tiles, wooden mether drinking cups and which town in Ireland was founded when. If you can't visit in advance the exhibition section of the website has information online on the Medieval Ireland exhibition.

Download our free Medieval Ireland worksheets:

Download our free Archaeology guidebook:

Archaeology Guidebook EN ks_guide_web_en.pdf (2.26 MB, Adobe PDF) 


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