Fáilte Ireland is making €145k in funding available for a 3D Viking Experience in Waterford through its ‘New Ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme for attractions within the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative.
Launched last April, Ireland’s Ancient East is Fáilte Ireland’s latest tourism initiative and seeks to build on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east and south of Ireland. The new initiative seeks to give visitors a personal experience of 5,000 years of Irish history through a journey of discovery in a lush green landscape with stories told by the best storytellers in the world. Ireland’s Ancient East stretches from Carlingford to Cork and is intended to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition.
You can learn more about Ireland’s Ancient East here.
This funding of €145K for the new 3D Viking Experience in Waterford will complement the current exhibition in Reginald’s Tower by providing a more accessible, approachable guide to the Viking World that will appeal to a broader audience and bring a new added dimension to Waterford’s Viking Triangle.
The 3D Viking Experience will create an immersive, story-driven experience, using state-of-the-art technology, to take visitors back to the age of the Vikings. The stories that the visitors will take part in include an epic voyage from Norway, an attack on an Irish monastery, the founding of Waterford, and the impact of the Vikings on Ireland’s history and culture. This will staged in a replica Viking Age house, an exact model of a house excavated in Waterford. Elements include construction of replica house, fit out and technology development.
The funding is part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New Ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region. The grant to The 3D Viking Experience followed a call for submissions from interested parties across the region to apply under the scheme.