Jorvik Viking Centre

Price guide: Mid-range

Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT

Price guide: Mid-range

A Viking guarding the entrance to Jorvik.
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expert-rated things to do in York
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, History, Sightseeing

Best for Families - Expert review of Jorvik Viking Centre

Part Disney, part hands-on, all Viking revelation. One of York’s most popular attractions.

They came, they saw, they brutally conquered. Around 1,000 year ago, the Vikings arrived on the bank of the River Ouse, established one of their most important settlements in Europe and named it Jorvik.
Substantial parts of their fantastic settlement were then unearthed in the late 1970’s when digging the foundations of the rather dull Coppergate Shopping Centre and one of York's most popular and dynamic attractions was born. Great for all ages, a high-tech reception area offers a brief introduction to these feared Scandinavian invaders, followed by a full sensory ‘flying’ capsule journey through the recreated settlement streets and homes. Once back on foot, the costumed staff make sure there’s plenty more to engage as they describe and demonstrate various aspects of life for the everyday Viking in York. Recently improved, there’s now even a place to check your Viking lineage.

Price advice: 

Adults £8.95, concessions £7.00, children £6.00 (under 5's free), family tickets from £26.00.
Keep your ticket once entry has been paid and you can return as many times as you like during the following 12 months.
Accepts Yorkshire and YAT passes (See the Sights and attractions section on my York insider tips page for more details).

Expert tips: 
School groups visit regularly; arrive early or at the end of the day to avoid the crowds.
The capsule ride lasts around 12 minutes. Allow up to an hour to amble through the museum and chat to the costumed staff demonstrating Viking skills and crafts.

More information on Jorvik Viking Centre:

Price guide:
Archaeological site, Architectural site, Museum
Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT
+44 1904 615 505
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (summer), 10am-4pm (winter).
Free tags / Keywords:
Viking Age, Norse, Vikings

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