Jorvik Viking Centre

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  • Address: Coppergate Centre, York YO1 9WT, England, YO1 9WT, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1904615505
  • Fax: +44-01904627097
  • Ticket Price: 10 GBP
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Museums, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Social, Arts

JVC museum recreates the Viking age for its visitors. York Archaeological Trust conducted several excavations in Central York and found objects and remains over thousand years old. The dig had lasted 5 long years and managed to unearth around 40,000 well preserved remains of wooden structures from the Viking City of Jorvik. These included animal pens, workshops, fences and wells. Pottery, metalwork, leather, wood, animal and plant remains were also discovered from the dig. These were found to belong to circa 900 AD.

The Trust created JVC on the very site of the excavation to exhibit the objects found. Jorvik was brought back to life again in modern day York. 

  • Visitors are taken into a time capsule and are transported back to a particular date in 975 AD. Here, the language, sights and smells you encounter are of an authentic Viking settlement. JVC employs state of the art technology and very realistic mannequins to create Norsemen.
  • The museum also holds an annual Viking festival in February inspired by the traditional Viking festival of ‘Jolablot’.
  • Apart from the Time Warp, JVC also has an exhibition area where you can view the various finds from the excavation site.

Since 2001, the museum has included some very high quality animation and technological support to enhance the authenticity of the Viking experience for its visitors.

  • Disabled friendly pathways and restrooms. However, safety restrictions at the JVC only allow one wheelchair user on the premises at any given time.
  • Facilities are available for the hearing impaired.
  • Audio guides during the ride are available in different languages also. Contact staff. 

  • Concessions are available on family passes etc. Children (ages 5-15) £ 6.95.

  • Bus: Piccadilly (PE) – 10, 24, 26, 27, 45, 46, 46A, 647, X4
  • Piccadilly (PB) – 8
  • Piccadilly (PG) – 42-2, 42, 412, 415, 416

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  • Jorvik Viking Centre Address: Coppergate Centre, York YO1 9WT, England, YO1 9WT, United Kingdom
  • Jorvik Viking Centre Contact Number: +44-1904615505
  • Jorvik Viking Centre Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Jorvik Viking Centre Price: 10 GBP
  • Best time to visit Jorvik Viking Centre(preferred time): 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Jorvik Viking Centre: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 68.72% of people who visit York include Jorvik Viking Centre in their plan

  • 69.84% of people start their Jorvik Viking Centre visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Jorvik Viking Centre

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

90.08% of people prefer walking in order to reach Jorvik Viking Centre

People normally club together Cliffords Tower and York Theatre Royal while planning their visit to Jorvik Viking Centre.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • Fantastic! The last time I visited was nearly 30 years ago as a child. It was lovely to take my own 5yr old along today and wow has it improved!! The new ride is superb and so interesting, my daughter was captivated. The exhibition was well laid out and full of things to look at and we really enjoyed sitting down and listening to a Viking host explain much more about the different finds. Well worth a visit. Advise to book online so you can join the "fast track queue" and avoid a long queue.

  • Really nice place to visit. Full of history. They give an interesting prospective in the Vikings as it makes them seem like regular people of the time. Rather than some looks as they have been originally seen as. The ride is also really good as you travel thought the town, and into some buildings.

  • Excellent for the price. Came here about 20 years ago, however, I now have two young kids and have moved to York so took the family. From what I can remember from my last visit, there have been a lot of updates and improvements. For the price (family of 4 about £40 with fast-track to skip queue), the tour was excellent. Kids seemed engrossed and enjoyed everything. Highly recommended.

  • great place to visit, friendly and knowledgeable Viking helpers made it very enjoyable. For those in wheelchairs, like my wife, there's a lift inside to take you to the lower floor where the tour begins. Will definitely come back.

  • What a brilliant place! You may have to queue up, don't worry, you will be thoroughly entertained by the staff who are fully dressed up in costume. My 5 and 3 year old didn't get bored. Once inside there is all sorts to see, the highlight would have to be the ride round the Viking village, absolutely fantastic and everyone will learn something no matter what (full commentary in many language's and a child version). The staff are posted at various places throughout and help to educate all ages. You finally come out in the gift shop. If you are pondering whether or not to travel here, it really is worth it. York is such a special, beautiful place that you really are surrounded by a huge amount of history.

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