JORVIK Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre | Return of the Vikings
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The world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre is now open!

Hop aboard JORVIK’s improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years! You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! Plus, with 22 new animatronics across the recreation there is something new to see around every corner.

The centre’s gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to the astounding Viking artefacts that inspired the creation of JORVIK. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

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.

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
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.
Rachel holding a medieval jug up in the York Archaeological Trust store.

Behind the Scenes with York Archaeological Trust

  • 27 July 2017 10:30am-12pm, 2:30-4pm

Join York Archaeological Trust curators for a guided tour behind the scenes at the YAT store

Hear how the amazing collection in the care of the Trust continues to be put to work to enhance our understanding of the past.

Pre-booking essential. Includes a hot drink.

Where

421 Huntington Road
York
YO31 9HT
England

Admission

£6.50

Call 01904 615505 or book online.
Suitable for over 12s.

Website

https://www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/whats-on/

Discover the fun of Archaeology in Coppergate

Archaeology in Coppergate

  • 27 — 31 July 2017

Dress up as an archaeologist, dig up replica objects and sieve your soil so that you can uncover more finds to help build a bigger of picture of the stories that archaeology can tell us.

Come to Coppergate, the site of the famous archaeological excavation of the 1970s that led to the creation of JORVIK Viking Centre, for a host of fun activities showcasing the exciting world of archaeology!

Plus, submit your #ArcheoSelfies to #FestivalofArchaeology and share the fun!


This is a special event for the Festival of British Archaeology

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£2.00

Website

https://www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/whats-on/archaeology-in-coppergate/

JORVIK Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9WT
England

Website

www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

E-mail

jorvik@yorkat.co.uk

Telephone

Prebooking

01904 615505

All information is supplied by the venues or providers 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.

Related teaching activities

Key Stage 2 English, 1-2 lessons

En3 Writing

Write a diary extract of one of the archaeologists who discovered part of Jorvik and the buildings that made up the city.

Key Stage 2 Geography, 1-2 lessons

Geographical skills and enquiry

Draw a map of a Viking Age city, showing the buildings and public spaces where people lived and worked.

Key Stage 2 Geography, 1-2 lessons

Knowledge and understanding of places 3f

Write a report outlining the ways that Viking Age streets differ from the ones that are found in your local area today?

Key Stage 2 History, 1-2 lessons

Historical enquiry

Use ICT based resources to learn about the events and people that shaped the city of Jorvik.

Key Stage 3 Design and Technology, Small project

1.1 Designing and making

Using materials available in your school grounds, design, test and build a small outdoor structure inspired by the Viking-Age City of Jorvik.