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Alternative Easter: Dublin's VikingFest


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When you think of Easter, I’m guessing you think of bunnies, chicks, eggs and chocolate.

Well, think again, because this Easter, Dublin is all about the Vikings!

Yes, you read that right. Although Dublin is perhaps not the first place you think of when it comes to the Scandinavian seafarers, Ireland’s capital city has its roots in a Viking settlement of the 9th century. 

To celebrate the history, a series of events are taking place from 30th March to 2nd April. It’s being hosted by Dublinia, a heritage centre in the heart of the city, where you can explore Dublin’s Viking and medieval past all year round. The centre has four self-guiding exhibitions which give a really different insight into a city more commonly associated with Guinness and craic.

But Dublinia is bringing the past to life this Easter weekend. Here are just a few of the events taking place as part of VikingFest 2018.

(Oh, and by the way, this is all free – yes, FREE! It would be rude not to, really...)

Living History

All weekend, displays of Viking weaponry and skills are taking place in Dublinia. All aspects of Viking life will be covered, from fighting to weaving, coin minting to Viking games. It’s a great chance to see what everyday life was like over one thousand years ago, and offers a new perspective on what being a Viking was life, beyond the ships, helmets and beards! 

Viking ships

But don’t worry – the ships are a major part of this festival, with two longboats moored at Wood Quay, just down the road from the Dublinia centre. There’ll also be a longboat aground, complete with Viking warriors – who will likely have the helmets and the beards – to answer all of your questions.

'Follow the Vikings' theatrical performance
The highlight of the festival is a 45-minute performance, featuring film, animation, projection, sound, dance, drumming, battle re-enactment and live action. Having seen what the Vikings did and what their ships were like, this is your chance to experience it in full. An absolute must-see!

So if you’ve had a hard term, need a getaway or have a real hankering for the Vikings, get yourself to Dublin this Easter – it’s educational, after all! 

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