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The Vikings


The Vikings

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The Vikings first landed in Ireland in AD 795 - that's well over one thousand years ago. They changed the course of Irish history, and made a huge difference to the way Ireland is today.

The Vikings were great sailors who travelled from Scandinavia. They got a reputation for being really fierce, but eventually set up trading towns all around the coasts of Europe. They also travelled inland up the bigger rivers - like the Danube, the Rhine and, in Ireland, up the Shannon. By the 10th century, they had founded settlements in Dublin, Waterford, Wexford and Limerick.

Vikings are fascinating, and there's an awful lot to know about them - how did they live, what did they wear, what was the role of women in their society, what gods did they worship, and what stories did they tell? Find out more on the links below.

Watch 8 short videos from the National Museum of Ireland.

Learn loads about the Vikings on the beautifully illustrated DK Find Out website.

Find 10 facts about the Vikings with National Geographic Kids, and some "I bet you didn't know" stuff about Vikings on the History Channel videos. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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