JORVIK Viking Centre

Site Overview

Travel through the 10th century aboard a state-of-the-art time capsule

At JORVIK you stand on the site which revealed some of the most famous and astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. Between the years 1976 and 1981, archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust dug the site of Coppergate in the centre of York and found the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood for 1,000 years.

Your first experience at JORVIK is an exploration of the Coppergate Dig. Below a glass floor is a reconstruction of the excavations, surrounding you are the voices and images of the archaeologists who were involved in this revolutionary excavation and helped piece together the story of the Vikings of Jorvik.

As you travel around 10th-century York aboard the state-of-the-art time capsules, you experience what it was like living in the city, visiting the houses, workshops and backyards and meeting the many different people who once called the city home. From Old Norse speakers descended from the Vikings of Scandinavia to Anglo-Saxons, traders from the East and new settlers from Ireland.

Once you have explored the Viking city you have the chance to see some of the incredible artefacts that were discovered at Coppergate and first inspired the creation of JORVIK. These beautiful and rare Viking artefacts include everything from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even fossilised Viking poo!

You have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest cutting-edge technology that is located throughout the centre, and the site also offers the opportunity to handle real artefacts while talking to the friendly Viking hosts.

Key Attractions
  • Town
  • Market and trade
  • Industrial Sites
  • Artefacts
  • Excavations
Contact Details

JORVIK Viking Centre, Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT


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