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 3-Hour Viking & Medieval Walking Tour
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3-Hour Viking & Medieval Walking Tour

Explore Viking and medieval Dublin and trace the history of the city from its origins as a Viking settlement through the Norman conquest and the later expansion of Dublin which laid the foundations for the modern city of today.

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  • Enter Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest Christian cathedral in Dublin and the resting place of the Norman Lord Strongbow
  • Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where the Lords of Ireland settled disputes and Henry VIII declared himself the King of Ireland in 1542
  • Peruse the Viking and Medieval Dublin Museum, Dublinia
  • Walk the grounds of the 13th century Dublin Castle
  • Discover the original Viking settlement of 841 A.D. and the Viking wall from 1100 A.D.
  • Uncover the remaining fortifications of the English settlement of 1240 A.D.
  • Learn about the many sieges of the medieval city including the last great siege of 1534 by Silken Thomas that brought the period to an end
  • Marvel at one of the oldest churches left in Ireland and what has been preserved within St. Audeon's Church


On this tour, you will explore the Pale of old medieval Dublin, from its Viking roots to its role as the springboard for the English conquest of Ireland in the 16th century. The tour will begin at the Long Stone Pub beside Trinity College Dublin. On this site in 840 A.D., the Norsemen placed a stone to mark their possession of the river mouth and in so doing founded Dublin.  Even though there was an Irish settlement dubbed Atha Cliath by the riverside for millenia, it was the Norweigian Vikings who created the port of Dubh Linn. In College Green, formerly known as Hoggen Green, once a Viking burial ground and home to their Tingmoote, you will learn about the politics, culture and history of the Norsemen. In the gardens of Dublin Castle, discover the origin of the city's name, 1200 years ago a dark pool was formed by the confluence of the River Poddle and the River Liffey, and this tidal pool in Irish bore the title of Dubh Linn or Dyflinn. Where the current castle was built was likely a Viking fortification and here, you will discuss the wars of the Irish and Vikings. On the site of the current Dublin City Council building and next to the oldest street in the city, the Fishamble Street excavations began in 1974 that would uncover the lost Viking settlement. Amongst the discoveries was the remains of a slave market, and it is known now that Dubh Linn was one of the largest slave ports in Western Europe. Leave the Viking period of history at the Viking wall preserved from 1100.  Dublin became a true medieval walled city after the arrival of the Norman Lord Strongbow in 1170. A true highlight of the tour will be your visit to one of the surviving entranceways into the old city, St. Audeon's Arch. Here, learn about the arrival of the Normans into Irish history. At St. Audeon's Church, you will learn about the religion of the Irish and English and how a crusading spirit was behind the arrival of the English. At Christ Church Cathedral, enter the building and learn about the construction of the impressive stone cathedral in 1183 on the orders of Henry II. Under English rule, the city expanded to encompass 40 hectares and in St. Patrick's Cathedral, you will learn about life in the medieval Pale of English civilization. In Dublin, the Norman Lords would meet to administer the colony, but over time they married into Irish families and became increasingly seen as 'more Irish than the Irish themselves.' Another blow to the Norman colony was the huge mortality due to the Black Death. On Ship Street, you will learn of the decisive event that ended the medieval period, the Rebellion of Silken Thomas the Earl of Kildare, in 1534. Once the Norman Lords rose against the rule of Henry VIII and failed in their bid to create a separate kingship, the English crown took direct control of Ireland and began a process of colonization that marked out the modern history of Ireland.


A walk around the old medieval center of Dublin with a trained historian
Tickets to St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Audeon's Church, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublinia Museum

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