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“Great attraction!”

Jorvik Viking Centre
Ranked #38 of 214 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 peoples and new stories to be told... What’s New? •A New Ride experience with the sights, sounds and of course, smells, of the Viking-Age •Updated historical interpretation, showcasing the cultural ‘melting pot’ of 10th-century York •The latest cutting edge technology bringing the Viking period to life! Hop aboard our improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 April 2018

A great attraction, well put together and the animations are fantastic. The only bad side is the queue to get in. After waiting an hour and half to get in, in the cold and rain!, a little disappointing as we were only in there for half and hour. Guide book quite expensive at £8 but very detailed!

Thank 135frederick1969
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We queued outside in the rain for about 20 mins. The staff gave out umbrellas to people who didn't have them and even offered me a bag to carry mine around in when we got inside which was nice. The staff were all lovely and enthusiastic. The ride was good and made a nice change to just walking around a whole museum, and the scenery to look at is great. I remember really enjoying learning about the Vikings at school but this was slightly underwhelming. It didn't take long to go round and we paid slightly less for a much lengthier experience at another museum near the castle.

Thank Emma H
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We found this experience absolutely fantastic, the detail and realism of the computer driven robots was way beyond my expectations, massively impressed with the set scenes and the attention to detail such as eels wriggling on a barrel, all the scavenging animals, cats, rats and chickens were amazingly animated and the Vikings were so realistic in looks, dress and movement. The suspended pods moved around to face the scenes and take you close to experiencing the lives of the Viking's in their homes, streets and markets plus great commentary from the head speakers.

We arrived here on Good Friday at 10.15 waited 10 minutes and were inside looking at the exposed remains of the dig from the 60's/70's , 50 minutes later we left thoroughly glad we came here with our York pass then moved on and made good use of it elsewhere.

Thank spwait
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Very informative and interesting visit. Never knew vikings invented padlocks. Bit disappointed that not given enough time before going on the ride through time. Lots to see and learn.

Thank B263MFkarenr
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Jorvik Viking Centre was being refurbished last year so we were determined to visit this time.

The entrance was very well organised, with a character in costume talking to those queuing. It wasn't long however before we were inside. The entrance fee was included in our York Pass, so it was another good value trip for us.

Once you get through the till, there is a glass floor which shows a mock up of the remains as they were found, complete with some archeologist tools. There were staff members helping people get everything from their tour, and when we had seen everything in the first room, we went onto something pretty cool....

We got into a car, like a rollercoaster - but it took us through a replica of Jorvik as it would have looked back then - complete with mechanical figures carrying out things that the real inhabitants would have been doing. There was a recorded commentary of what we were seeing, and it was sooo informative!

After our little tour on the car we proceeded to the artefact room - as well as real life human skeletal remains, there were tools, pots and other items found during the excavations. There was also lots of interactive exhibits showing how vikings traded, how wide they travelled across the world, what they did to entertain themselves. Again, plenty of staff on hand to help out.

Would we return? I'd say yes we would.

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