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Jorvik Viking Centre, York

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A popular time warp experience, Jorvik Viking Centre includes excavations that first revealed the ancient city of York, a settlement from the age of the Vikings. Over 40,000 artifacts were discovered at this location, which now offers tourists a chance to see 1,000-year-old houses and backyards right beneath their feet. The center also features lifelike animated Viking figures, based on skulls found in a Viking cemetery and modeled using advanced facial reconstruction technology. Take a tour of a recreated Viking settlement before moving on to the museum area, which combines an exhibit of some 800 finds from the archeological site with interactive displays and special talks by the "Viking" staff. A visit to Jorvik Viking Centre represents just the start of the adventure when you use our York trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The good: - the welcome from staff working outside, running the intro talk and manning the ride - it brings the KS2 Viking topic to life - my primary school aged kids really enjoyed it - the ride is....  more »
  • As I am disabled, I did not have to queue. Also due to the Covid restrictions, numbers were limited on each timed ticket. Once in, you have guide to explain all the items and history. Once on the...  more »
  • Good trip, very informative and interesting. The ride was good too! Took less than an hour so a little short but good nevertheless.  more »
  • This was so fun and interesting! I couldn't believe I was seeing, hearing AND smelling Vikings. Get ready to be transported (literally) to a Viking village. The staff is also crazy friendly and knowledgeable. You can ask them virtually anything and they will give you a detailed answer. I would go back there in a heartbeat. Must see!!
  • Excellent, great staff who really set the scene. Ride through York is brilliant. Well worth going.... And... Your tickets are valid for a year after your first visit so you can always go back.
  • Excellent little visit. A great insight into the history of York (Jorvik). Not been here in a long time but it's nice to see that it has improved dramatically but still keeping some of the parts (especially the smells!) that I fondly remember from my childhood. Would recommend a visit if you're in the area.
  • Great as always. An improvement this time over past visits was the actor explaining to audience in the room with glass floor what we were looking at. In the past this room has had no person doing this and the room acted more as a lobby. Also the person in the museum section, effectively sitting around not doing much. My suggestion as easy way to make the first room (glass floor) and last room (museum) as captivating as the ride, is to have two actors in each room acting out an informative 'scene/interpretation' in the middle of each room.
  • Went many times as a kid. Happy to say it has improved vastly over the years. Our 5 and 3 year olds loved it as well. Great that we can visit again over the next year.

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