Viking Ireland

Explore the Vikings and how they changed Ireland between 800 and 1150 AD.

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Vikings and their descendants had a profound impact on Ireland, from their first appearance just before 800AD until after 1150AD. Traditionally seen as raiders and invaders, Vikings also helped transform Ireland economically, culturally and politically.

This exhibition explores the Viking Age in Ireland through surviving objects – including objects from Viking graves of the 9th and 10th centuries and from settlement sites of the 10th to 12th centuries.

Artefacts from Dublin excavations

At the centre of the exhibition is a display of finds from the Museum’s excavations in Dublin, the most important Viking site in Ireland. This is one of the finest collections of excavated finds from an early medieval site anywhere in Europe. 

A final section displays church metalwork and other ecclesiastical material of the 11th and 12th centuries, which shows how Scandinavian features were absorbed into Irish culture, including art styles, in the later Viking Age.

Coinciding with this exhibition we have developed eight videos on Viking Ireland.

Location: National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, First Floor, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The Viking Age in Ireland

The Viking Age in Ireland

From early raids to the formation of the first towns, Ireland changed profoundly during the the Viking Age.

The Ballinderry gaming board

The Ballinderry gaming board

A decorated wooden gaming board found at Ballinderry was probably made in 10th-century Dublin.