Changing Homes from Viking to Medieval Dublin

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Saturday, 2pm—4pm

To celebrate the Open House Dublin and the theme of ‘Our City in Motion’, come to the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology to explore the different homes made and lived in by the people of Dublin. Make your own Viking house, Medieval tower house or even a Tudor period house to help build up the city of Dublin

Tour Info

Photo: Reconstruction of Dublin c. 1000 ad.
Based on the most up-to-date archaeological and topographical evidence available from forty years of excavation, most of which was carried out by and for the Museum, the reconstruction shows the comparative scale of the urban area, its streets, lanes and ports (and the location in them of buildings) and how the whole relates to the waterfront, the tidal confluence of the Liffey and its tributary the Poddle and the hinterland. The location chosen by the Vikings was easily defended especially by a waterborne force that required access to boats to facilitate rapid exit. This drawing, prepared by Simon Dick, is the third to be undertaken by the National Museum to show how Dublin might have looked at this time:
Wallace 1988; Wallace 1992.

First Come Basis

Just show up and look out for Open House Dublin Volunteers.


  • Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

More OHD Nearby

Leinster House – Return to the House

Richard Castle, 1745

National Library of Ireland

Thomas Deane, 1890