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  3rd – 6th Class
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  Not wheelchair accessible. Please advise us of any mobility issues when booking.  



Curriculum Links 

SESE History

  • Working as an Historian  Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communication / Empathy
  • Story Stories from the lives of the people in the past
  • Early People and Ancient Societies Early Christian Ireland / Vikings 
  • Continuity and Change Over Time Homes, House and Urban Developments / Nomadism / Food and Farming / Clothes / Literature, Arts, Crafts and Culture / Barter, Trade and Money

Other curriculum links include

  • SESE Geography A Sense of Place and Space / Human Environments / Natural Environments
  • SESE Science  Working Scientifically / Designing and Making / Living Things / Materials
  • English Receptiveness to Language/ Competence and Confidence in using Language



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