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Rats for Tots

Treasure hunt and tour for younger children

About the tour

We begin on Cows Lane and enter the Medieval world of Dublin. We hear about Strongbow the Norman conqueror of Ireland and discover if he was more than just a brand of Cider.

Then we meet Princess Aoife of Leinster and see if she met Strongbow before they got married or was everything arranged by her dad.

From there we walk to the City wall boundary and see the first wall marker, we will have to find four of these to successfully complete the Tour. What did it mean to be inside or outside the walls in Medieval times?

After this we have to find a sunken tower named after the Princess Isolde and we will discover why it sank.

We go to Fishamble St possibly the fishiest street in Dublin and hear about Molly Malone the rebel. The past lies beneath our feet and we will see some ground markers, you will have to spot four of these on the Tour and work out what they mean. Wood Quay was the centre of Viking Dublin, where we will have a game, who stole the sheep. Vikings lived on sheep brought them in the longboats and stroked little lambs if they got bad dreams, true? They had courts of law called a Thing and we will have a thing and understand how things worked! We all get to vote and please bring a soft toy.

On we will go to Cook St and enter the old City Walls of Dublin, if you have play swords, we will have a duel and see how Medieval people solved their problems by sword fighting. Otherwise, we can have a thumb war. We will think about the Black Death in the 1340’s which came first the rats or the fleas. We will discover which was worse, the Black Death or Covid 19.

Then we play on the musical instruments in this park. If we have time we can talk about guilds or Medieval clubs and what people ate.

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For whom

Children of 7 and younger

Safety

Small family groups with big fun

Length

45 minutes

Difficulty

Easy with games

Price:€15.00per person

Reviews from Google

What a wonderful experience! I took Ruth's Coffee History tour with the tasting experience with some friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Hearing about Dublin's coffee houses in the 1700's was enlightening and Ruth delighted with funny anecdotes about the characters of the time. I found out some really interesting facts about Dublin and Ruth took lots of time to answer questions. But the real highlight was the coffee tasting after. Ruth provided treats (gorgeous homemade chocolates) along with several coffee in the beautiful setting of Reads, which is the oldest shop in Dublin. All in all a gorgeous experience and highly recommended.

thumb Shane Meehan
September 5, 2022

Premier tour sous le soleil Fantastique sensation d'une ville parée de touches colorées, Un deuxième tour, Dublin intime, Impression vivace d'un ici et maintenant passé. Ruth, avec grâce, nous plonge dans des histoires d'une culture commune et singulière de sa ville. Une narratrice expressive et généreuse que je vous recommande. Thanks Ruth!

thumb Aline Yanak
September 5, 2022

We had such a lovely experience with Ruth … her gentle easy manner imparts endless knowledge of our ancient city . Thank you Ruth but thank you for your professionalism in dealing with a pre Covid booking two years later ! Class!

thumb Teresa Mc Gann
August 5, 2022

Very interesting tour, we had a lot of fun with the swordfighting! Also took us to parts of Dublin we had not seen before

thumb Ioanna Tsigkouli
August 5, 2022

A walk through Dublin with Ruth turns a casual stroll into a rich and rewarding adventure. Her encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiasm conjures up Vikings, grand Georgian soirées, passionate revolutionaries, and eloquent writers, all whirling about in this “seat of Western civilization”. After a journey with Ruth, you will never see Dublin in the same way!

thumb kevin ward
July 5, 2022

I've signed up my two 11 years old for the walk and attended as well. It was such a fantastic walk and Ruth made it fun, interactive and full of stories,. We've learned a lot about medieval Dublin and discovered places we haven't been to before. I will never look at Dublin the same way. Highly recommended. Thanks Ruth!

thumb Tomasz Czajka
April 5, 2022

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