Jorvik Viking Centre
In recent years, several TV dramas have told the stories of viking warriors who arrived on UK shores from the 8th Century AD. These include the hit series ‘Vikings’ filmed for the History channel and Amazon Prime. The BBC’s ‘The Last Kingdom’ focuses on a similar timeline but with a focus on the South of England.
By the 9th Century, the Vikings were really making their mark across Britain with settlements popping up far and wide. The Viking invasion of York took place on November 1st 866 and was led by ‘Ivar The Boneless’, son of Ragnar Lodbrok. The land surrounding York was shared out as farming land and the town was renamed ‘Jorvik’.
The Jorvik Viking Centre is a must-see attraction for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Following a multi-million pound investment, the centre is the leading museum documenting the viking invasions over 1,000 years ago. Welcome to Viking-Age in York!
Discover the sights, smells and sounds of the large Viking settlement in York as it was in the 9th Century. Thanks to the oxygen free soil on which York is built, the Jorvik Centre has some of the best preserved remains of a viking settlement anywhere in the world.
The centre is equipped with a sit on ride (like a very slow roller coaster) which gradually takes you through the various parts of the museum. Within the Centre, there is a strong emphasis on authenticity with everything from clothing, facial features and speech being meticulously researched to offer visitors a real insight into the lives of people who lived here over 1,000 years ago.
The entrance price includes a free annual pass. Consequently, the entrance prices offer extremely good value. Combined tickets which include the
Jorvik Dig attraction and the Barley Hall are also available for a slightly increased price. The costs below are just for entry into the Jarvik museum.
Family: £32.00 (family of 4)
Concessions: £9.00 Stay In Britain Tips
Before visiting the Jorvik Viking Centre, we advise you to watch episodes one and two of the fifth series of Vikings (on Amazon Prime). It will provide some context to the events which took place prior to the Viking invasion!