JORVIK Viking Centre
Discover the Original Viking Encounter - step back in time to Viking-Age York and experience life in the 10th century city!
With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000-year-old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy. Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.
At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even a fossilised Viking poo! Dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts.
Museum, Heritage site
April – October: 10am-5pm (last admission)
November – March: 10am-4pm (last admission)
During JORVIK Viking Festival, Christmas, special events and school holiday periods opening times may vary, check the website for up to date information.
Adult £12.50 / Concession £10.50 / Children (5-16) £8.50 / Under 5s FREE / Family of 4 £34.00 / Family of 5 £38.00
- English Heritage
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!
Key artists and exhibits
- Viking sock
- Viking ice skate
- Viking jewellery
- Viking shoes
- Viking wood-working tools
- Viking combs
JORVIK Viking Centre