Wood Quay is a Viking archaeological site, located in Dublin. It is an old wooden bridge on stilts, which ran along the Liffey River. Nowadays this archaeological site is now occupied by the premises of Dublin City Council and the remains discovered, exhibited in the National Museum of Dublin.
It is on the occasion of the Viking Invasions, that Dublin becomes in the IXth century a city of great influence. Very quickly, the city develops around a castle (the Dublin Castle), and the Liffey. To better accommodate the boats crossing the Liffey, the Vikings decided to build a wooden quay on stilts along the river: the Wood Quay.
Unfortunately, the quay has not been able to withstand the centuries and Dublin’s many development projects. Between 1950 and 1975, Dublin City Council eventually acquired the land on which the Wood Quay was built and decided to build its new premises on it.
It is on this occasion, at the time of the work, that many archaeological remains were discovered. We find in particular :
The discovery was colossal, and a public campaign was launched to demand that Dublin City Council cease its work. More than 20,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Dublin on 23 September 1978 to protest against the construction of the modern premises of Dublin City Council. (The demonstration was called the “Viking March” from Kildare Street to Wood Quay).
Unfortunately, this campaign proved unsuccessful, and the premises were finally built. Only a preventive excavation operation was carried out before the premises were raised, allowing the town to nevertheless gather any possible remains of Wood Quay. These have since been exhibited at the National Museum of Dublin
Wood Quay is a site that still exists, but now houses only the Dublin City Council premises. Nevertheless, you can admire the fabulous Viking remains in the National Museum of Dublin, which exhibits all the objects discovered during the excavation work carried out in the 1970s.
The visit is free, and the collection is quite exceptional and of high quality. You will find many jewels, as well as weapons (swords, daggers), without forgetting some pieces of clothing from this period.
every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.