Jorvik Viking Centre, York

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Jorvik Viking Centre, York - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Coppergate Centre, York YO1 9WT, England

Phone: +44-1904615505

Ticket Price: 10 GBP

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About Jorvik Viking Centre, York

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.

Jorvik Viking Centre Information

  • 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. 

Jorvik Viking Centre Ticket Prices

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

How To reach Jorvik Viking Centre by Public Transport

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

Restaurants Near Jorvik Viking Centre

  • Bagel Nash
  • Caffe Nero
  • Russells
  • Al fresco
  • Rustique

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  • Amazing visit! Great fun for the family and very well done. Guide dog a bit squished in the ‘pod’ and wondered how a wheelchair visitor would manage but very enjoyable. Make use of the ‘viking’ helpers as they have a lot of information and props to make your visit more enjoyable. Would happily do it again. Gift shop was very good too and not the usual plastic rubbish.

  • Very interesting and educational. Went on a Thursday afternoon and it was nice and quiet, I’d already purchased a fast-track ticket but there was no queue anyway. A lovely thing to do on a trip to York!

  • The gentleman in the first section was excellent when I asked about the dig site. He was very friendly and well informed. The recreation village was very informative and the anamatronics were very tasteful as sometimes they can be pretty naff at these sorts of things. The final section was equally facinating but unfortunately with two school groups going round we had to compete to see anything and couldn't ask questions as the staff were with the kids. For the price it felt quick, but considering the history and the archeology it's worth it a trip of your into that sort of thing!

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  • Its changed a lot from my first visit (30 ish years ago), where you had to walk yourself round the exhibit. Now you climb into cars that seat six and take you on a tour with a commentary describing the scenes before you, they still have the smells and sounds though which is good. It was interesting, and certainly altered my view of the Vikings somewhat, however what made the trip was talking to one of the guides there who a) was enthusiastic and b) clearly knew his stuff. Not sure all the staff are like that, but its good to know that some are at least and your questions can be answered and they're happy to talk to you about the vikings, what they were like and how they lived. We found the guides in the display area which you reach after the ride round the mock village, where collections of artifacts found on site are on display, along with real skeletons of some actual vikings. We spent about an hour and a quarter in the centre, probably 20 mins of that was spent looking at and discussing a finds box with one of the guides.

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  • Great educational museum with an archaeological excavation room which teaches you about how the place was excavated, a small museum segment and a ride that takes you through a reconstructed Jorvik. Fun and educational for all ages, though can sometimes have rather large queues. Gift shop is usually very busy.

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