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This LEGO Hunt in Kilkenny is the perfect mix of history and heaps of fun

Picture: Dylan Vaughan

If you've got budding history buffs and little LEGO enthusiasts in your household, then Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum has the perfect summer activities for you.

Ten Irish historical characters will be hiding in the award-winning museum, in LEGO Minifigure form.

The LEGO figures will be in the museum from Saturday, June 30, until the end of the summer.

The imaginative initiative is set to include stirring stories from Ireland's past. Visitors are invited to discover their own 'hidden histories' in the 800-year-old building.

Picture: Dylan Vaughan

The Medieval Mile Museum is steeped in the past, set in a 13th-century church in the centre of Kilkenny City.

Curator Grace Fegan understands that history can sometimes be a daunting subject but hopes that this fun-loving approach can help people see how fascinating antiquity can be.

“History can be taken a little too seriously sometimes and that can be intimidating to people, particularly children,” she says.

"But when you realise that Kilkenny’s medieval history is really a collection of amazing stories and fascinating characters, that lived, worked, played, laughed and cried in this city and walked these streets, you can’t help but be captivated by it all.”

The Museum's LEGO Hunt comes at no additional charge and is open to visitors of all ages.

“There are so many fascinating people in Kilkenny’s medieval history, and the great thing is that we know quite a bit about them," Grace explained.

“It’s much easier for younger visitors to connect with the history of Kilkenny when there are personalities that they can interact with.

"These LEGO Minifigures are a great way of capturing our young visitors’ imaginations, encouraging them to explore the museum and Kilkenny’s amazing stories."

The Medieval Mile Museum is open seven days a week, from 10am to 6pm. Last entry is 45 mins before close.

All-day entry for adults is €8, while students and seniors can get in for €6.50. Children's all day entry is €4 for children and families can enter for €16. The entry fee includes an interactive audio guide and the LEGO Hunt.

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