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Museum - Address: Christchurch, St Michaels Hill, Merchants Quay, Dublin

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published 07/10/2017 | Pointress
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"Learn the history of Dublin"

The Viking home

The Viking home

~~~ Location ~~~
Dublinia is a not for profit heritage centre located at Christ Church Cathedral which is Dublin’s oldest building having been a pilgrimage site for almost 1000 years. Dublinia is actually connected to the Cathedral by a Neo-Gothic archway so is easy to find. Find the Cathedral and you can easily navigate to Dublinia.

Tram and bus stops are all relatively close by and Dublinia is a 15 minute walk from Heuston and Tara Street train Stations.

~~~ Opening hours and admission ~~~
Dublinia is open daily (apart form 24-26 December). During the summer months (March to September) opening hours are 10.00am to 6.30pm (Last entry 5.30pm) and for the rest of the year are 10.00am to 5.30pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Adult: €9.50
Student/Senior: €8.50
Child: €6.00
Family: €25.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Special discounts are available if you have a Dublin Passwhich gives visitors access to 33 top attractions, museums and monuments in Dublin. The Hop on Hop off bus tours which gives you €1 off your ticket.

~~~ The exhibit ~~~
The purpose of the Medieval Trust which runs Dublinia is to increase knowledge and understanding of the Medieval period so this very much an educational centre and would be a great place to take young history students.
Dublinia is housed on the site of a medieval church (St Michael) which later became the Synod Hall for the Church of Ireland. There are four different sections at Dublinia and once I had got my ticket I waited for a guide to briefly introduce the layout of the Museum and send me on my way.

1. The first part is the Viking Dublin exhibition, take a trip back to Viking times. The exhibition shows a rather different side to the Vikings. Yes there are displays of their weaponry but rather than focus on the popular view of Vikings as blood thirsty raiders, the exhibition shows how they used their skills as sailors, craftsmen and traders to build the original settlement that became Dublin. You can see the interior of a Viking house and learn all about the Battle for Clontarf which began the decline of the Viking fortunes Dublin.

2. On the next floor is the Medieval Dublin exhibition. The central hall has a large scale model of the city as it was in the fifteenth century and a commentary explains its growth as a rapidly expanding English colony. Off the main hall are various exhibits – kitchen of a wealthy merchant, the quayside with a ship unloading its cargo, a reconstruction of Dublin’s annual fair and a section dedicated to death and disease.

3. The next section on the top floor is dedicated to the History Hunters exhibition. This section will attract any young budding archaeologists who want to see how archaeologists piece together the past.

4. The renovated St Michael’s Tower is actually accessed via the gift shop and has a small exhibition at the base explaining its history. It then a 96 step climb to the top. Unfortunately the day I as there, it was raining so the views of the city from the top were not all that spectacular but I can imagine that on a clear day it would be worth the climb!

The coffee shop and gift shop are both at the end of the Dublinia exhibition. A typical museum gift shop, there appeared to be a good collection of gift and mementos reflecting the collections. The coffee shop was a little disappointing although attractive looking with a beautiful stained glassed window at one end. I got a good cappuccino but there was very poor selection of food – only pre-packaged cupcakes were available so not much to get excited over.
~~~ Accessibility ~~~
Dublinia is wheelchair accessible with lift access to three of the exhibitions but there is no lift access to St Michael’s Tower.
~~~ Exit ~~~
Rather unusually, the exit does warrant its own mention. To leave the exhibition you go over the covered bridgeway and end up at the entrance to Christ Church. I was there on a Sunday morning and I found a member of the clergy at the bottom of the stairs making sure that departing visitors didn’t attempt to enter the cathedral as there was a service on. Instead we were directed into the cathedral grounds.
~~~ Overall ~~~
This would be a great place to take kids as the exhibition space does bring the history of the city alive. I certainly left feeling much more informed about Dublin’s roots as a Viking trading centre. An hour to an hour and half is all you need to view Dublinia and the entrance fee seems quite reasonable so I’m giving it 4 out 5.

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    Very clear comprehensive review :-)
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Museum - Address: Christchurch, St Michaels Hill, Merchants Quay, Dublin

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Address: Christchurch, St Michaels Hill, Merchants Quay, Dublin

Type: Museum

City: Dublin

Country: Ireland

Continent: Europe


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