JORVIK Viking Centre

The JORVIK ride along the Viking street of Coppergate
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent flood damage, JORVIK Viking Centre will be closed until further notice.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent flood damage, JORVIK Viking Centre will be closed until further notice.

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Explore the diseases and cures from the Viking Age and beyond.

Jorvik: Life and Death

  • 21 May — 31 December 2016 *on now

Located on the site of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital, now home to the newly-refurbished York Theatre Royal, this intriguing exhibition explores the practices of those involved in providing care and remedies in the Viking period and the years that followed.

Artefacts and human remains from JORVIK reveal details about sanitation and health in the Viking city of Jorvik. With cesspits for toilets, residents would have been susceptible to all manner of diseases and parasites, with human waste uncovered by archaeologists giving us a fascinating insight into the lives of the Vikings and the things that were living in them!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


York Theatre Royal
St Leonard's Place
North Yorkshire


Discover one of the biggest aspects of Viking life; international trade.

Jorvik: Home and Abroad

  • 25 June — 31 December 2016 *on now

Working in partnership with York Museums Trust, The JORVIK Group invites you to discover the hustle and bustle of Viking York in this special exhibition devoted to the lifeblood of the city of Jorvik; international trade.

There is also the chance to see a replica Viking-Age Longship, fully kitted out for a trade voyage and the opportunity to get an up-close look at precious artefacts from JORVIK itself, all saved from the flooding of December 2015.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


York St Mary’s
Coppergate Wal
North Yorkshire


Adult £5 | Conc. £3 | Kids Go Free (0-15)


Explore a time as the Viking citizens of York got to grips with a new religion.

Jorvik: Treasures and Belief

  • 27 July — 31 December 2016

Aptly located in the Undercroft of York Minster, home to fine examples of Early Medieval Christian art, including the Horn of Ulf and the York Gospels, this exhibition will uncover the cultural factors at play as the Viking citizens of York got to grips with a new religion whilst trying to keep hold of the beliefs from the old faith.

With artefacts from the JORVIK collection on display for the first time since December 2015 in the treasury at York Minster and Viking hosts on hand to guide you through this critical moment in our history, this exhibition is a unique experience in York this summer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


York Minster
North Yorkshire


Normal Admission Prices Apply


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.
Meet the revolting vikings of JORVIK and Terry Deary!

The Revolting Vikings of JORVIK with Terry Deary

  • 6 August 2016 4:30-7:30pm

The Vikings of JORVIK need your help solving a 10th century crime mystery – can you track down Floki’s stolen silver?
Join us at Jorvik: Home and Abroad, in Coppergate for a Norse tale with a difference; tracking down the devious thief by exploring our interactive Viking street and houses, picking up clues and solving puzzles along the way.

Can you be the valiant Viking hero that recovers the missing coins? Following the trail of this pickpocket will involve digging around the more unpleasant areas of the city of Jorvik – exploring the cess pits and middens of the Viking families, certainly not a task for the faint-hearted, but Floki will reward you handsomely!

As part of your trail, you will:

-Pick a Villainous Viking name (and get a badge to let everyone know your new title!)
-Make a beardy disguise (to conceal your true identity)
-Search for clues in the rubbish discarded by our busy Viking traders (expect all kinds of gross things!)
-Sort through gruesome animal bones to find out how these animals met their grisly ends
-Dissect a poo from the cess pit and find some nasty surprises
-Remember, we promised you some horrible history!

All successful sleuths will get one-on-one time with everyone’s favourite Horrible Historian, Terry Deary, who will answer your questions and sign a complimentary Horrible Histories book, generously donated by Scholastic, just for you!

This special event is suitable for children 5-12 years old. All proceeds will go towards helping to raise funds for the re-imagined JORVIK Viking Centre, re-opening spring 2017.

Please note: each session lasts approx 1 hour, starting at 15mins intervals.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


York St Mary's
Coppergate Centre


£10 per child

Vikings at Stamford Bridge

950th Anniversary Stamford Bridge Battlefield Walk

  • 25 September 2016 10:30-11:30am

Discover the impact the last great Viking battle had on the course of English history for centuries to come on this fascinating battlefield walk.

1066 is remembered as the year of the Norman conquest but many forget about the Viking invasion of the North in the same year. So, on the 950th anniversary of Harald Hardrada’s bid to claim the crown of England join us for a visit to the site of the battle of Stamford Bridge and uncover the history.

Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are essential. Please be aware that this walk may involve uneven surfaces and crossing busy roads.

Pre-booking essential

Suitable for

  • Any age


Meet at Shallows Car Park
Viking Road
Stamford Bridge
YO41 1BS


Adult £4.50 Conc. £3.50


JORVIK Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate
North Yorkshire





01904 615505


01904 627097

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