JORVIK Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate
North Yorkshire





01904 615505


01904 627097

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The JORVIK ride along the Viking street of Coppergate
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At JORVIK Viking Centre travel back 1000 years and visit the Vikings of JORVIK. Explore York's Viking history exactly where our archaeologists found the remains of the original Viking-Age City of 'Jorvik'. Journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have been in the year 975AD. See over 800 of the items discovered on site and meet the famous JORVIK Vikings in our three exciting exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Daily:
April-October 10:00-17:00 (Last Admission)
November- March 10:00-16:00 (Last Admission)

CLOSED: 24/25/26 December

Reduced opening times: 31 December 10:00-14:00 (Last Admission), 1 January 11:00-16:00 (Last Admission)

Admission charges

Adult £10.25 / Concession £8.25 / Children (5-16) £7.25 / Under 5s FREE / Family of 4 £30.95 / Family of 5 £32.95


  • English Heritage

Additional info

Due to health and safety regulations, only one wheelchair user can be in JORVIK at any one time. Wheelchair users should book in advance to avoid having to wait by calling our Reservations department on 01904 615505.

Everything in JORVIK Viking Centre is based on archaeological evidence unearthed during the Coppergate excavations undertaken between 1979 and 1981 by York Archaeological Trust. Archaeologists started digging on the site of an old sweet factory and unearthed remains of 10th century Viking-age buildings that were surrounded by moist, spongy layers of earth similar to that of a peat bog. In total an incredible 40,000 objects were uncovered by excavating 36,000 layers and sieving 8 tonnes of soil!

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Viking sock
  • Viking ice skate
  • Viking jewellery
  • Viking shoes
  • Viking wood-working tools
  • Viking combs
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Come along to the wedding of the century at this year's Viking Festival

Ultimate Viking Banquet: The Wedding Celebration!

  • 14 February 2015 7-11pm

Join us for an absolutely unforgettable experience in the atmospheric setting of York’s Merchant Taylors Hall.

You’ll be greeted by torchlit Viking guard before joining the celebrations of the wedding of the survivors of Ragnarok - Lif & Lifthrasir - as they feast and make merry with their guests; complete with an unruly father of the bride, a rather outspoken best man and some errant bridesmaids, this is sure to be an eventful evening!

This is a truly unique Festival experience; hosted by the Vikings of JORVIK and accompanied by wonderful musical entertainment and song washed down with mead, a sumptuous 3 course banquet and of course wine flowing to accompany your meal.

Price includes all refreshments & drinks with your meal. There is a cash bar available thereafter.


Merchant Taylor's Hall
North Yorkshire


£65 per person


Beowulf by Candlelight

  • 18 — 20 February 2015

Following the sell-out success of this fantastic performance last year, the wonderful Peter Carrington-Porter returns to the atmospheric surroundings of St Helen’s Church for more unforgettable performances of Beowulf by candlelight.

A masterful modern adaptation of the poem, yet faithful to the original, Peter’s performance is a poetic, innovative and entertaining narrative epic taking us back to the mysterious world of Norse monsters and myths.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£7 adult, £5 conc, £4 child


Ragnarok: Battle Spectacular Finale!

  • 21 February 2015 6-8pm

Ragnarok, the doomsday of the Norse Gods, the final battle between the forces of Odin and the hordes under the Trickster Loki took place in York in February 2014. Following this cataclysmic clash of titans we have woken up in brave new Viking world!

However, all is not as calm as it seems, the spirits are re-awakening and the Creation; the beginnings of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil is about to take place..

Join us as the historic city of York once again becomes a fiery battleground with a finale display incorporating a cast of warriors, gods and monsters in thrilling live-action battle with sound and light effects and terrific pyrotechnics in an out of this world spectacular!
Remember, the end is only a new beginning…

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£12 adult, £9.50 conc, £36 family of 4, £45 family of 5


Best Beard Contest

  • 21 February 2015

Entering its 8th year, this whimsical and fun competition has become something of a cult highlight, drawing huge crowds and some very competitive participants! Young or old, male or female – all are encouraged to enter and try to win the highly prized beard trophies.

Please note, homemade beards are permitted!

No pre-booking required, just turn up and enjoy!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Brawl at the Guildhall: The Strongest Viking Competition

  • 21 February 2015 10am-12pm

Now in it’s fourth year, competition gets even tougher as the cream of the crop from across the UK and Europe vie for the title of Strongest Viking and the chance to receive the coveted trophy.

With the competition open to Vikings far and wide, and with special guest judge appearance from Stuart Garrington, winner of Mr World 2013 and owner of York’s Ebor Fitness gym, this is sure to be an event you don’t want to miss!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£3.00 adult, £2.00 conc.