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Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland…

Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland, as a visit to WaterfordKilkenny or Wexford testifies Better still, why not include all three on a driving tour of the "Sunny South East?" Vikings made their mark in Ireland, no doubt about that. Bearing down on an unsuspecting Ireland from Scandinavia, hordes of wild wayfarers first arrived in the 8th century. They looted Ireland's monasteries, battled its kings and made off not just with priceless treasures and religious artefacts, but with Irish people as slaves. In the wall of the Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh lie the bones of Irish hero Brian Boru, who vanquished the Vikings and liberated Ireland at the historic Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Discover more about Ireland and its Viking past.

A Viking Stronghold

Take a Viking Splash Tour in Dublin

Viking Splash Tours is a great way to see the sights of Dublin, both on land and water. Travelling on board the amphibious world war two vehicles (DUKWs) you are taken on a spellbinding tour of Dublin. 

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Visit Dublinia, the Viking Museum

There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia. The first is 'Viking Dublin' which takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like on board a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. Investigate burial customs; explore the Viking legacy and much more.

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Visit The National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology and History, Viking Exhibition

Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and you are magically transported back in time. A stroll through time will take you all the way back to 7,000 BC. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland. Medieval Ireland 1150-1550, documents life in Ireland in the age of cathedrals, monasteries and castles.

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Arrange a Viking Tour

Relax and cruise the River Shannon on a replica Viking boat while the children dress up and become Vikings. With Viking Tours, based in Athlone, County Westmeath, you can experience some of the 300 years of Viking history on a voyage into Lough Ree or downriver to the monastic settlement and round tower of Clonmacnoise.

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Visit the Viking Triangle in Irelands sunny Southeast

Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland, as a visit to Waterford, Kilkenny or Wexford testifies Better still, why not include all three on a driving tour of the "Sunny South East?" Vikings made their mark in Ireland, no doubt about that. Bearing down on an unsuspecting Ireland from Scandinavia, hordes of wild wayfarers first arrived in the 8th century. They looted Ireland's monasteries, battled its kings and made off not just with priceless treasures and religious artefacts, but with Irish people as slaves.

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All about the Vikings Series!

The VIKINGS DVD and Blu-ray are in stores NOW. In its first scripted series, HISTORY® journeys through medieval Ireland and Northern Europe introducing the extraordinarily complex and violent world of the Norsemen. Tracing the gripping sagas of historical hero Ragnar Lothbrok, viewers discover this fearless warrior's lifetime of raids, trades and explorations. As claimed direct descendent of Odin, god of war and warriors, Lothbrok embodies a mystical nature and devotion to the gods feeding his stealthy mobile maneuvers and audacious determination to become King of the Vikings. The Vikings was filmed in Ireland: Ballyhenry Studios, Ashford, Co Wicklow, Ireland.