Guided Tour: Viking Ireland

Discover what the Museum’s unique collection of artefacts and displays can tell us about Viking burial customs and beliefs, their society and politics and the new inventions and materials that they brought to Ireland through travel and trade across Europe and the Middle East

Tour at a Glance

Level 1st - 3rd year, Transition Year
Group Size Designed for groups of 30 max
Location Viking Ireland Exhibition, First Floor, National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Kildare Street
Duration 45 mins
Days available Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time
Times available 10:30am and 12:00pm
Accessibility This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Please advise us of any mobility issues when booking.



Curriculum Links

Junior Cert History

  • The Nature of History
    Working with Evidence / Developing Historical Consciousness / Acquiring ‘the big picture’  
  • The History of Ireland
    Key moments of change / Thinking historically- explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate

Junior Cert Geography

  • Strand 3: Exploring People, Place and Change

Statements of Learning for Junior Cert

  • Values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change.
  • Communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts
  • Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which he/she lives 

Key Skills for Junior Cert

  • Managing information and thinking
  • Communicating
  • Staying well: being positive about learning

Transition Year

  • Teaching methods and approaches
    Study visits and field trips



Learning Outcomes 

  • Study real artefacts such as Viking grave goods and early Irish Christian metalwork
  • Discover how archaeology has contributed to our understanding of Early Christian Ireland and the Viking period and what it can tell us about:
    -the reasons for the Viking raids on Ireland
    -their journey from Scandinavia to Ireland
    -early Viking settlement in Ireland
    -everyday life in Viking Dublin
  • Explore the changes brought about by the arrival of Vikings to Ireland