EXPERIENCE VIKING & MEDIEVAL DUBLIN
Dublinia is an exciting heritage attraction in what was the heart of medieval Dublin. There are three themed exhibitions to enable you experience Dublin city as it was in times past - 'Viking Dublin', 'Medieval Dublin' and ‘History Hunters’.
Go back to Viking times in Dublin. See what life was like on-board a Viking Warship. Learn of their long and challenging voyages, their weaponry and the skills of being a Viking warrior. Try on Viking clothes, become a slave (watch those heavy chains) and stroll down a noisy street. Visit a smoky and cramped Viking house, learn the Viking runic alphabet and hear their poetry and sagas. Enjoy the myths and learn of the mysteries surrounding the Vikings and their legacy.
Travel back to medieval Dublin! From Strongbow to the Reformation Dublinia recreates the sights, sounds and smells of this busy city. Learn of warfare, crime and punishment, death and disease and even toothache remedies of 700 years ago. See the city as it would have looked then. Enjoy the spicy aromas and learn to play medieval games and so much more when you visit the medieval fair. Visit a rich merchant’s kitchen and walk along a bustling medieval street - don’t forget to give the beggar some of your change!
See how the History Hunters dig deep to uncover Dublin’s past! Learn how archaeology works with history and science to piece together the jigsaws of our ancestor’s lives and lifestyles. See genuine Viking and medieval artefacts including those of a medieval skeleton, found in Dublin (courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland). Hear the languages of old Dublin and explore the city’s earliest maps. Visit the lab and learn how bugs and dirt can be the history hunter’s gold. Finish the tour with the Time Detectives and test your newfound knowledge.
St. Michael's Tower
The newly renovated St Michael’s Tower, an original medieval tower, features an exhibition where visitors can learn about the history of the tower and surrounding area. Discover what fire-buckets were used for, see maps of medieval Dublin and learn about the stone masonry of the Tower. If you can manage the 96-step climb to the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Dublin city!
Dublinia is located at the crossroads of St Michael's Hill, Patrick Street and High Street. It is also connected to Christ Church Cathedral by a medieval footbridge.
By Bus: Take bus numbers 13, 49, 54a, 56a, 77a or 123 or via any hop-on, hop-off bus tour.
By Luas (tram): Take the Red Line to the Four Courts stop. It is then a 7 minute walk to Dublinia.