Re-enactment of Viking YorkThe Jorvik Viking Centre is an award-winning museum that re-creates in vivid detail the sights, smells, sounds, and flavour of daily life in the tumultuous world of 10th century York.

On this site the York Archaeological Trust discovered perfectly preserved remains of Viking York (Jorvik) encased in wet mud. The centre re-creates this world through a series of tableaux depicting markets, shops, streets scenes, and other aspects of daily life, including meal preparation and the ever-popular latrine scene.

The journey does not end there; after looking into these scenes from the past you can visit a re-creation of the archaeological dig, and discover how scientists interpreted the evidence they uncovered.

Watch how the Viking finds were carefully dug out of the mud, cleaned, and catalogued, then examine the actual items in a series of display exhibits. You can even strike your own coin using copies of coin dies found on the site.

The Jorvik Viking Centre can be combined with a visit to the adjoining Archaeological Resource Centre, which is open to school groups and to the general public during school holidays.

Note: The Jorvik Centre is very popular with visitors, and as a result there are often line-ups to purchase tickets during busy periods (i.e. summer and school holidays). Its worth the wait, but do be prepared for a possible wait to get in!

Photos of Jorvik Viking Centre
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Viking bones
Viking bones unearthed during excavations on the Jorvik site
Timber framing from the Saxon settlement
Saxon nun
A Saxon nun weaving.
A Viking coinmaker. Like the nun, these actors are available to bring the worlds of Viking and Saxon York to life, and answer visitor's questions.
Townsfolk tableau
Tableau of Saxon era townsfolk
Saxon workman tableau
A craftsman at work