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Jorvik Viking Centre

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North Yorkshire

Explore York's Viking history on the very site where archaeologists uncovered remains of the Viking-Age City of 'Jorvik'. Get face-to-face with our expert Viking residents, see over 800 of the items discovered on site, and learn what life was really like in our Special Exhibitions.

A programme of special events runs throughout the year, including the Jorvik Viking Festival every February. Check the website for further details.

Owned by York Archaeological Trust, JORVIK aims to bring archaeology to life to the widest possible audience. Everything in JORVIK is based wholly on archaeological evidence unearthed during the Coppergate excavations, and is recreated in the most accurate detail. Millions of visitors have passed through the doors of JORVIK in its 25-year history, including

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many celebrities and world heads of state.

The remains of 1,000-year-old houses are revealed beneath your feet, objects taken from the excavations are explored, and Viking-Age timbers are brought before your eyes. New audiovisual displays help you to investigate all of the information gathered from the 5-year-long dig at Coppergate and piece together the jigsaw of where the Vikings came from, why they came here, how they lived and died, and where they travelled to.

At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Between the years 1976-81, archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago.
These incredible findings enabled them to build the JORVIK Viking Centre on the very site where the excavations had taken place, creating a groundbreaking visitor experience that allows you to experience life in Viking-Age York.

As you travel around the Viking-Age city of Jorvik

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aboard our state of the art time capsules you will encounter the old-Norse speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards, experience a blast of smoke from blacksmith's furnace and enjoy the smell of home-cooked stew inside the home of our amber worker.

You are in JORVIK

Our sister attraction, DIG - an Archaeological Adventure is the perfect compliment to your visit to JORVIK. At DIG, adults and children experience the ultimate archaeological adventure and have the opportunity to learn about 2000 years of York's history. Visitors become an archaeologist within a simulated, realistic 'excavation' and unearth real artefacts from the layers of York's history. From here, the discovered artefacts are explored at three archaeological work bases, a fieldwork tent, a laboratory and a researchers library. Visitors are able to analyse finds using genuine archaeologist's methods an area is being equipped with the latest technology and fully interactive. The dig sites explore Roman, Viking, Medieval and Victorian history and are based on local archaeological knowledge from iconic excavations.

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The JORVIK Viking Centre is situated in the pleasant Coppergate shopping area close to the centre of pedestrian-friendly York. To locate JORVIK, follow the pedestrian green and gold fingerpost signs for 'Castle Area', then signs for JORVIK. JORVIK is close to several city centre car parks and just a 10 minute walk from York station. In addition, a Park and Ride service operates from three sites near the A64, A19 and A1079 and stops close to Jorvik. For further details on York's Park and Ride service call +44 (0) 1904 431 388

Jorvik Viking Centre Postcode for SatNav: YO1 9WT


+44 (0)1904 643 211 (24 Hour Info)
+44 (0)1904 615 505 (Advance Bookings)
+44 (0)1904 627 097

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