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Guided Tour: The Vikings in Ireland

The Vikings in Ireland, session explores the three main activities of the Vikings in Ireland Raiding, Trading and Settling, using the Museum’s unique collection of artefacts. Pupils will explore how these artefacts 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.

Guided Tour at a glance

Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class
Format: Facilitated onsite tour 
Duration: 45-50 minutes 
Capacity: 30 students max 
Accessibility: Please note the majority of this tour takes place in the Viking Ireland Exhibition on the first floor. If your group has any access concerns or requirements please advise the Museum Bookings team in advance
Availability: All tour slots now fully booked up to Easter – bookings now available for April (limited slots remaining), May and early June​.
Times: Tuesday 10am and 11:30am, Wednesday 10am, 11am and 12pm, Thursday 10am, 11.30am and 1pm
Booking: To enquire about this free onsite guided tour for your class please complete this enquiry form.

Curriculum Links - SESE History

Working as an Historian
Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communications / Empathy

Early Peoples and Ancient Societies
Vikings / Early Christian Ireland

Stories from the lives of the people in the past / Myths and Legends

Continuity and Change Over Time
Communications / Literature, Arts, Crafts, and Culture

Other Curriculum Links
SESE Geography
A Sense of Place and Space / Maps, Globes, and Graphical Skills / Human Environments / People and Other Lands / Natural Environments

SESE Science
Living Things / Materials / Environmental Awareness and Care


Learning outcomes
On completion of this live session students should be able to: 

  • Examine critically, and become familiar with, evidence we have which tells us about these people, especially using Archaeological evidence of these people within the National Museum of Ireland’s collection
  • ​Become familiar with some aspects of the lives of these peoples – origins, homelands and migrations, homes, settlements and urban developments, food and farming, clothes, work and technologies, tools and weapons, cultural or artistic achievements, language(s), myths and stories, leisure and pastimes
  • Discuss links these people had with Ireland or Europe, arrival, settlement and life of these people in Ireland, relationship of these people with other civilisations, long-term contribution of these people

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