Viking & Medieval History Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in County Meath

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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. Even though there was an Irish settlement dubbed Atha Cliath by the riverside for millennia, it was the Norweigian Vikings who created the slave port of Dyflin in 841. At the National Archaeological Museum and Dublinia, learn about the 200 year history of the Ostmen in Ireland.Dublin became a true medieval walled city after the arrival of the Norman Earl Strongbow in 1170. At Christ Church Cathedral, enter the building and learn about the construction of the impressive stone cathedral in 1183 on the orders of King Henry II. At St. Audeon's Church, the Norman colony will be discussed and how it collapsed.Our next stop will be St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the arrival of King Henry VIII. The final conquest of Ireland had begun. Our tour will end at the Brazen Head Ireland's oldest pub.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: National Museum of Ireland - ArchaeologyWe will learn about the origins of Dublin as a Viking Slave Port and the war of the Gael and the Gall.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, County DublinWe will pay a visit to the Book of Kells and discuss Celtic Christianity and Pre-Viking IrelandDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Dublin Castle, Dublin, County DublinHere we will learn about the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, County DublinHere we will learn about the Norman Colony in Ireland and Henry II, the first Lord of Ireland.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: St. Audoen's ChurchThe oldest parish church in Dublin is where we will learn about the powerful Irish-Norman family the Fitzgeralds.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, County DublinHere we will learn about the beginning of the English conquest under the Tudor dynasty of Henry VIII and Elisabeth I.Duration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
  • Entry/Admission - Trinity College Dublin
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - St. Audoen's Church
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Patrick's Cathedral

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
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