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Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland’s Ancient East…

Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland’s Ancient East, as a visit to WaterfordKilkenny or Wexford testifies. Better still, why not include all three on a driving tour that will offer a wonderful opportunity to experience 5,000 years of European history in a compacted area. The Ancient East area allows you to get off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in this land. Ancient Man, Early Christians, Medieval Lords, Colonial Settlers and their descendants have all been seduced by these most lush, green and fertile lands. 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 with priceless treasures and religious artefacts. 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.


Top five Viking facts

Shot on location in Ireland, The History Channel show Vikings has brought the warring Norsemen to our TV screens. Discover five things you may not know about these Scandinavian adventurers! Find out more > 


Viking Experiences in Ireland

The Vikings are a big part of Irish history, and there are many activities and attractions showcasing their influence on the island. Here are some of the top Viking experiences that you can enjoy:

Viking Splash Tour 
Viking Boat Tour 
Dublinia
National Museum of Ireland 


The legacy of the Vikings

Far from being just rampaging warriors, the Vikings also brought civilisation to modern Ireland. Learn more here > 




All about the Vikings Series!

The VIKINGS DVD and Blu-ray are in stores NOW. This season, the ever-ambitious Ragnar searches for something more, and finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumoured to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history. From the creators of Emmy winning shows: The Tudors, The Borgias and Camelot, Season 3 took audiences by storm, averaging 895,000 viewers per episode, making the new season the #1 specialty drama on Thursday nights in all key demos. Vikings has been the #1 specialty drama since its inaugural season premiere in 2013, and Season three won three Canadian Screen Awards. Season 3 received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100% and a Meta critic rating of 81%. The Vikings was filmed in Ireland: Ballyhenry Studios, Ashford, Co Wicklow, Ireland.

The VIKINGS DVD and Blu-ray are in stores NOW