Saturday, 3 May 2014

Our afternoon with Vikings



Making the short drive to Armagh to visit the Navan Centre & Fort turned out to be one of the highlights of our recent holiday in Northern Ireland. The Navan website states it's one of Irelands most important archaeological sites and it certainly brought the myths and legends of that time alive for us when we visited.




Our first stop was to the replica Iron Age dwelling house, where Little Miss was put to work with grinding barley for flour. 



Once we'd finished exploring the dwelling we made our way to meet Brian Boru and some of his army. Only by chance had we picked a day to visit where a further event was on! The re-enactors were both patient and knowledgeable, providing stories of battle, ancient crafts and cooking. Both the Mister and I have an interest in Vikings and that period of history, so this was a real treat for us.






Then it was time to take the short walk to visit the Navan fort. With lots of activities for the tots to amuse themselves with, the walk turned into an adventure in itself.





The Navan fort, otherwise known as Emain Macha, was larger than I expected. I'm officially getting old; I couldn't keep up with the tots whilst they ran to the the top!



To give some kind of idea of the size, this is the view from the top of the fort, looking down one side. The purpose of this ancient monument is still unknown, but it's thought to have been used for some form of ceremonial purpose. To find out more about you can visit the Navan Fort & Centre website: http://www.armagh.co.uk/navan-centre-fort/


We had a fantastic day out, which proved to be frugal too as we'd [unintentionally] chosen to visit on a day when access to everything was free! 


P.S:  Have you been wondering where I've been recently? 
The Mister & I are taking part in Nectar's savvy family blogging competition. Throughout April and the start of May we're providing daily updates of ways we're savvy with our money. 
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Linking up with:

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

14 comments:

  1. We only live an hour from there and haven't been to visit, we'll have to go, it looks fab! Looks like you had great fun! #countrykids

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    1. It was brilliant. A great day out, all the more so with the re-enactment taking place on the day we visited! Sx

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  2. Looks like a great place to visit. My son is learning about Vikings at school so he'd love it.

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    1. Bringing history alive - absolutely! Sx

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  3. This is like time traveeling back to their time! A cool trip! #countrykids

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    1. It really was a fab day out and one of the highlights of our holiday. Sx

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  4. I think it's great that they have the re-enactments and people dressed and acting from that period - it gives the children a first hand account to relate to. How great that you also manage a free entry too - perfect fun for a family day out. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. A great (free) day out. Sx

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  5. I absolutely love these places. The children learn so much more being " hands on " Looks like you had a great time x

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    1. They're great aren't they. There wasn't a chance for any boredom to set in! Sx

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  6. This place looks amazing, something my kids would thoroughly enjoy!! #countrykids

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    1. It really was - we had a super day! Sx

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  7. love the photos and my kids would have loved that kind of place, actually as young adults they would like that place!!

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    1. Well, I know us big kids loved the place! :) Sx

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