2 weeks ago I made the 6-hour drive to York. A trip to York can’t be complete without a visit to JORVIK Viking Centre!
Based right in the centre, you are standing on the site of one of the most famous modern archaeological discoveries.
“Between the years 1976-81 archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust, an independent educational charity, revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-age city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago.”
On entry to the building, you stand on a glass floor which shows where the archaeologists found their information.
During your experience at the centre, you are then taken on a journey through a reconstruction of Viking-age streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th century York.
As a beginner prop maker, it was a great experience to see the detail that went into the sets, animatronic characters and scenery, making everything that bit more realistic.
Once your ten-minute ride is over, you end up in the galleries which showcase a range of Viking artefacts.
The full experience lasts around one hour, and I’d recommend booking your time slot in advance, as queues can get quite long. The site is open on the below dates/times
6th June – 15th July: 10am-5pm
16th -22nd July: 9am-5pm
23rd July – 4th September: 9am-6pm
Further dates for 2022 are to be confirmed soon.
I really enjoyed my visit to JORVIK Viking Centre and would say that this is a must-see experience for anyone visiting York.
*I was provided a ticket for the JORVIK Viking Centre for review purposes. But as always, all opinions are my own*