JORVIK Viking Centre

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

Discounts

  • 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

Archaeology

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.
Head back to the middle ages this Summer at JORVIK Medieval Festival.

JORVIK Medieval Festival

  • 19 — 31 August 2015 *on now

The JORVIK Medieval Festival comes to take Yorkshire back to the Middle Ages each Summer. Try your hand as an eagle-eyed archer, discover mighty birds of prey with falconry demonstrations, see brave knights battle in thrilling re-enactments and spend the day in some of Yorkshire’s most idyllic settings. With an exciting programme of events and activities on offer; from interesting talks and lectures on subjects from battle wounds inflicted in the Middle Ages to the re-discovery of Richard III to family-friendly including ‘Medieval Merriment’ at atmospheric Knaresbourgh Castle and the historic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall as well as our themed ‘Little Diggers’ session at DIG you are sure to find something to keep you entertained this August.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

York and Yorkshire
North Yorkshire

Admission

Some costs for individual events.

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/

Take your little one on a medieval adventure.

Little Diggers – Medieval Mischief

  • 24 — 28 August 2015 *on now

The Little Diggers early years group for children aged 2 – 5 years is going medieval for a whole week this Summer as part of JORVIK Medieval Festival! Take a look at the exciting themes and events taking place, and make sure to book your place today.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Where

DIG
St Savioursgate
York
YO1 8NN

Admission

£3 per child

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/events/category/littlediggers/

Learn real life medieval combat

Western Martial Arts with the York School of Defence: Medieval Combat Class

  • 26 — 28 August 2015 *on now

This is your opportunity to learn combat techniques from the middle ages with instructors from the York School of Defence, a local Western Martial Arts group.
Incorporating fight demonstrations, a chance to have a go at sword fighting and the opportunity to see and handle a variety of medieval weaponry, this really is an exciting highlight to this year’s programme.

Sessions start at:

11:00
13:30
15:30
Each session lasts an hour and a half and participants are asked to wear sturdy footwear with some grip to the soles.

Suitable for ages 5+, both adults and children are catered for.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

York Guildhall
St Helen's Square
York
YO1 9QN
England

Admission

£7 Adult, £5 Conc, £20 Family of 4, £25 Family of 5

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/events/category/sword-combat/

Enjoy an evening of medieval music in York

Trouvère Medieval Minstrels – Magna Melodia

  • 28 August 2015 7-9pm *on now

Many legends and stories surrounded England’s Angevin monarchs. Some said they had the devil’s blood in them… But this ‘devil’s brood’ also presided over a magnificent musical scene.
Join Medieval minstrels Trouvère as they take you back 800 years into the past to experience the musical backdrop to the tumultuous events of 1215, when England’s barons forced Magna Carta upon King John.

Where

Barley Hall
Coffee Yard
York
YO1 8AR
England

Admission

£10 Adult, £8 Conc

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/event/trouvere/

Terry Deary brings a show of music, history and gruesome rhymes.

Terry Deary’s 7 Ages of York

  • 29 August 2015 7-8:30pm

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary is joined by musicians Eboracum Baroque to take you on a journey through the gruesome history of York.
The ‘Seven Ages of York’ will include hilarious stories from the time of the Vicious Vikings and Measly Middle Ages as well as the Terrible Tudors and those Slimy Stuarts; including one of York’s most notorious villains, and former York resident, Guy Fawkes.

Accompanied by music from across the centuries by Eboracum Baroque – a baroque ensemble of singers and instrumentalists Terry will make sure he doesn’t leave out the important gory and ghastly bits!

Suitable for children 5 and up

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

York Guildhall
St Helen's Square
York
YO1 9QN
England

Admission

£12 per adult, £10 per con, £8 per child

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/event/terry-dearys-7-ages-of-york/

‘Joan of Arc: A History’, with Helen Castor

  • 29 August 2015 2-3:30pm

Join the JORVIK Medieval Festival keynote speaker, Dr Helen Castor, to hear the fascinating story of Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who heard voices from God, and became a warrior leading an army to victory in an age that believed women cannot fight.
Dr Castor’s latest book uses the transcripts of Joan’s two medieval trials to build fascinating insights into her life and world.

With an opportunity to buy copies of Joan of Arc: A History and to have them signed by the author this is special addition to the festival.

Places are limited and this event will prove popular, so pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment

Where

York Guildhall
St Helen's Square
York
YO1 9QN
England

Admission

£10, £8 Conc.

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/event/joan-of-arc-a-history-with-helen-castor/

Take part in a variety of medieval activities at JORVIK Medieval Festival

Medieval Merriment

  • 31 August 2015 10am-4pm

A fun-packed day that the whole family will enjoy, in the heart of historic York!
Featuring a host of medieval crafts and activities including; Have-a-Go Archery, Sword Fighting Workshops.

The Plague Doctor will be in residence at the hall, ready to diagnose any ailment and offer a terrifyingly medieval cure – for the right price, of course!

With Bird of Prey displays, fun crafts and themed activities on offer throughout the day this is going to be a day of Medieval Merriment for all!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Merchant Adventurers Hall
Fossgate
York
YO1 9XD

Website

http://www.jorvikmedievalfestival.com/event/medievalmerriment/

JORVIK Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9WT
England

Website

www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

E-mail

jorvik@yorkat.co.uk

Telephone

Prebooking

01904 615505

Fax

01904 627097

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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