Return of the Vikings - JORVIK Viking Centre
The year is AD960 and the last Viking King in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe, has been banished. The city is thriving with a flourishing manufacturing centre and wide trading links. There are new buildings, new people and new stories to be told...
The world famous JORVIK Vikiing Centre reopened in Saturday 8th April 2017 after a multi-million pound re-imagining and is ready to welcome visitors back to explore the lives of the people who made York their home over 1000 years ago.
New ride experience with the sights, sounds and of course, smells of the Viking age
Discover the lives of the inhabitants of 10th century York as you travel around the reconstruction of the city. All that you see during your visit is based on actual archaeological evidence found during the Coppergate excavation, with emphasis on recreating every detail of the experience; from the flora and fauna growing in the ground to the breeds of animals portayed and even the splashes of natural dyes found in one of the backyards. This is truly an authentic Viking adventure.
Updated historical interpretation, showcasing the cultural 'melting pot' of 10th century York
The people who lived and worked in Viking-age York came from far and wide. The city, a prosperous trading hub, welcomed goods from all over the Viking world. With this wide reaching trade came people, who brought their own customs, traditions and laguages with them.
In the new JORVIK experience you will have the chance to discover more of this cultural 'melting pot' with the help of 22 new animatronics characters on our ride experience. With a strong emphasis on authenticity, everything from their clothing, facial features and speech has been meticulously researched to offer our visitors a real insight into the lives of people who lived over 1000 years ago.
Listen out for all the ancient languages spoken in Jorvik; from Old English and Old Norse and even Ancient Arabic, showing us that the city really was a multi cultural hub.
The latest, cutting edge technology bringing the Viking period to life!
From our state of the art animatronics to innovative touch screen displays enabling you to become an archaeological conservator there has never been a better time to visit JORVIK and discover the impact of the Vikings on York.