What to expect from our character-led tours.

Fun group tours and educational tours in Wexford.

At the Irish National Heritage Park, we bring Irish history to life with our character-led tours. Whether it’s group tours, primary and secondary school tours, adventure tours or a simple audio history tour, the Irish National Heritage Park offers an unforgettable journey back in time through 9000 years of Irish history. If you would rather explore the Park at your own pace, you can take self-guided tours, with audio guides available in English, Spanish, French, Irish, Italian, German and Polish.

Experience the sights and sounds of ancient life in Ireland. See how people lived and worked through realistic reconstructions of ancient houses, forts, tombs and other historic sites. Our costumed guides will captivate the kids with stories of life in Ancient Ireland, invasion and battles lost and won. Kids can take part in the Trials of Tuan, with a number of simple activities like rock carving and panning for gold throughout the Park to keep them amused!

Take an Irish history tour with three themes on offer – Pre-Historic Ireland, Early Christian Ireland and the Age of Invasion.

Pre-Historic Ireland Tour

On this tour you will step back in time to when the first people settled in Ireland after the last Ice Age. These people were hunter gatherers and their way of life was so successful it lasted almost 3000 years. Now you’re going to find out why. Explore the homes of Pre-Historic Ireland and experience their simple way of life. Stand in the stone circle and find the meaning of the monuments they left in the Irish landscape. Look around and get a glimpse of what Ireland looked like in 7000 BC and smell the smoke in the air from the open fires that kept danger away.

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Pre-Historic Ireland Tour

On this tour you will step back in time to when the first people settled in Ireland after the last Ice Age. These people were hunter gatherers and their way of life was so successful it lasted almost 3000 years. Now you’re going to find out why. Explore the homes of Pre-Historic Ireland and experience their simple way of life. Stand in the stone circle and find the meaning of the monuments they left in the Irish landscape. Look around and get a glimpse of what Ireland looked like in 7000 BC and smell the smoke in the air from the open fires that kept danger away.

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Early Christian Ireland Tour

On this tour you will take a trip back to Ancient Ireland just after the arrival of Christianity. This is a time of change and we start to see how social structures were developing in communities. Visit a monastery and discover how monastic settlements became centres of learning, art and political power. Step into a defensive ringfort and sample life there among the wooden structures and stone houses. Find out what people in Early Christian Ireland were threatened by and how they defended their property from attack. These people became very good farmers, cultivating the land around them. See some of the farming methods and technology of the time in action.

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Early Christian Ireland Tour

On this tour you will take a trip back to Ancient Ireland just after the arrival of Christianity. This is a time of change and we start to see how social structures were developing in communities. Visit a monastery and discover how monastic settlements became centres of learning, art and political power. Step into a defensive ringfort and sample life there among the wooden structures and stone houses. Find out what people in Early Christian Ireland were threatened by and how they defended their property from attack. These people became very good farmers, cultivating the land around them. See some of the farming methods and technology of the time in action.

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Age of Invasion Tour

This tour brings you back to a time in Irish history of heavy combat and warfare. Ireland was under attack by Nordic invaders – first the Vikings and then the Normans. These invaders left their mark on our landscape with many castles, fortresses, and other defensive structures. Explore a Viking town by the water and learn more about these expert boatbuilders and seafarers. Visit the live archaeological dig on Carrig Hill where the first Norman castle in Ireland was built.

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Age of Invasion Tour

This tour brings you back to a time in Irish history of heavy combat and warfare. Ireland was under attack by Nordic invaders – first the Vikings and then the Normans. These invaders left their mark on our landscape with many castles, fortresses, and other defensive structures. Explore a Viking town by the water and learn more about these expert boatbuilders and seafarers. Visit the live archaeological dig on Carrig Hill where the first Norman castle in Ireland was built.

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School Tours

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Click on the link above to download a brochure about School Tours at the Irish National Heritage Park.

The Irish National Heritage Park is a destination for educational tours in Wexford where schoolchildren can learn about 9000 years of Irish history and heritage in a fun and interactive way, covering Pre-Historic Ireland, Early Christian Ireland, and the Age of Invasion. Every year we host many primary and secondary school tours at the Park, with all tours taking place with a costumed guide.

Students can explore for themselves the homes and settlements of Ireland long ago, giving them a unique perspective on how our ancient settlers lived and worked. From Pre-Historic Ireland, through to the arrival of the Vikings and the Norman invasion of the 1100s, the children will learn through the sights, sounds and stories recreated at the Park. Demonstrations of the Fulacht Fiadh cooking pit and Medieval Water Mill help bring history to life, while activities like Viking Shield-Making and the Daily Life In The 10th Century workshop can also be arranged to enhance their learning.

Please note that due to the large volume of visitors to the park, we request that school groups be supervised at all times by teachers or parents.

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