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

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
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

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

Where

York Theatre Royal
St Leonard's Place
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7HD
England

Website

http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/about-jorvik/ontour/

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

Jorvik: Home and Abroad

  • 25 June — 31 December 2016

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

Where

York St Mary’s
Coppergate Wal
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7FR
England

Admission

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

Website

http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/about-jorvik/ontour/

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

Where

York Minster
Deangate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7HH
England

Admission

Normal Admission Prices Apply

Website

http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/about-jorvik/ontour/

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.
York residents can join in the fun across the weekend for free.

Residents Go Free Weekend

  • 21 — 22 May 2016 10am-4pm

21st to 22nd May 2016
As a thank you to the residents of York for their continued support to JORVIK Viking Centre following its flooding in December 2015 all the attractions within The JORVIK Group are offering free entry over the weekend of the 21st – 22nd May.

From Romans to Victorians, medieval knights to modern-day archaeologists our 4 other city-centre attractions are the place to come for the best day out in history! Plus, on your visit discover the progress at JORVIK Viking Centre and join #CampaignCanute, our fundraising effort to help re-imagine the centre for the 21st century.

To join in the fun across the weekend for free, simply bring a form of ID as proof of residency in York (Driving Licence, Utility Bill etc..) and we will do the rest.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thejorvikgroup.com/residentsweekend/

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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