•Channel your inner Viking with a cruise on the Liffey River
•Let kids see the city from an unexpected historic point of view
•Experience life in medieval Dublin up first hand
More than 11 centuries ago, Dublin was raided by seafaring Vikings who sailed up the Liffey River and settled on its banks. Nowadays you can visit the city’s ancient Norse sights on the Viking Splash tour. We admit that it’s a touristy thing to do, but kids love it and it saves you from making them walk for miles. Great for 2 upwards, this aquatic bus trip involves the whole family donning horned Viking helmets and doing a lot of fierce Viking roaring to scare passersbys. There are always lots of shrieks as the bus leaves dry land to take to the water (make sure to wrap up warm against the changeable Irish weather). Immerse yourself in Dublin life even further at Dublinia, history is brought to life in an exciting way for all to engage, learn and share. They have four exciting exhibitions, you can visit Viking and Medieval Dublin, see Archaeology as a History Hunter and climb the medieval St. Michael’s Tower. Check out the website for special Family First Saturdays events such as Viking-jewelry making, where you get to create your own necklace shaped like the hammer of the legendary god Thor. And when buying tickets at the welcome desk, ask about a discounted combined entry for Dublinia and nearby Christchurch Cathedral.
The Viking Spash tour leaves from the north side of St. Stephen’s Green, where it meets Dawson Street. Check their website for dates and times. The Dublinia experience can be found next to Christchurch Cathedral, on the corner of High Street and Whitehaven Street.
VIKING SPLASH: departs from St. Stephen’s Green N.; +353-(0)1-707-6000; vikingsplash.com
DUBLINIA: Christchurch, St. Michael’s Hill; +353-(0)1-679-4611; dublinia.ie