Viking and Medieval Dublin
When I was in Dublin last year, I took what you could almost call a “Viking tour of Dublin” without ever really knowing I was doing it. You see, I was staying straight across from Christ Church Cathedral, in Jury’s Inn, right in the heart of Viking Dublin, so as I took a daily un-mapped stroll around the area, I was catching all the medieval locations and monuments in this history-rich area of the city.
I of course spent some time in the Cathedral, a truly magnificent 1000 year old building. I took some pretty nice photos of the stained glass windows in the church, which have proven to be very popular with visitors to this blog.
I strolled down Winetavern Street, under the arch that connects the cathedral to Dublinia, and walked around the Cathedral from that side, looking up in awe at the features of the cathedral, and sometime looking down inquisitively. There are a lot of objects represented in tiles in the footpath there, and there are the outlines of since-past structures, too.
Not far from the cathedral, between Cook St. and High St. is St Audoen’s Church, a not-so visually stunning structure (from the outside at least), but one in which you will find some remarkable centuries old items, including an Anglo-Norman font, dating to the 12th century. This is the oldest parish church in Dublin, and like many other Irish churches, is steeped in history. Take a stroll around the well manicured grounds if you’re in the area. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
The few places I’ve mentioned so far are just some of the Viking attractions in Dublin city centre. There are far more, and I certainly am no expert on the subject, so if you’re interested in finding out more, then rest assured there is tons of information out there.
One place I do recommend starting is with the Viking and Medieval Dublin audio tour by Abarta Audio Guides. For just under 2 euro, they will take you on a tour of many of Dublin’s medieval haunts, and give you way better information on the places mentioned above than I can. After all, this is what they do. They are history and archaeology pros, and create entertaining audio guides of key events and places in Irish history.
I listened to this particular audio guide in the comfort of my living room, on my iPod. I would’ve loved to have had it in Dublin with me last year. Having someone telling me what I was looking at while I was in Dublin would’ve been nice, but I still learned so much from it that I never knew before. I recognized the names of most places that were mentioned, but I struggled with street names as I am not too familiar with them. I overcame that by opening up Google Maps to follow along. I put it into street view mode and I could even see many of the monuments and landmarks the narrator talked about, including the surviving portion of the medieval walls on Cook St. that once enclosed Dublin city. If you’re interested in Ireland’s Viking past, I really do recommend you download the audio guide. You can listen to a sample from it at the link above.
You may be wondering if I have a connection with Abarta Audio Guides. I don’t. I just like their guides, and Neil, the owner, sent me this audio guide as I had expressed an interest in previous ones they’ve made. I’m glad he did.
Win a Viking and Medieval Dublin audio guide
So as not to keep all the listening pleasure for myself, I did ask Neil if I could have one more free download to give to one of you. He said yes If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, just leave a comment below by May 7th (Tuesday), and you’ll be in with a chance of winning the Viking and Medieval Dublin audio guide. Good luck!
And The Winner Is…
Thank you to all who entered to win. And a very special thank you to Neil and the gang at Abarta Audio Guides