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Last updated: 08 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Will Hide

Jorvik was the Viking name for York, and the city was an important centre for the Vikings after they started raiding northern Britain from the 8th century onwards.

The Jorvik Viking Centre came about after an archaeological dig in the 1970s unearthed vast amounts of artefacts. Today the centre celebrates all things Viking, and is one of the most visited attractions in the city – as the lengthy queues outside at busy times attest.

The wait is worth it, though; where else can you tour round an authentically recreated Viking street in your own buggy, with the added joy of wafts from a Viking toilet!


Price from: £15
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Located in the Coppergate Shopping Centre, at the southern end of Coppergate walk, the Jorvik Viking Centre is five minutes’ walk from the Minster, and easily walkable from most hotels and the train station.

It’s advisable to pre-book tickets online, as there can be long queues at the ticket office and there are only a certain number of standby tickets available each day. Each ticket gives free access to the museum for a year. You can download an audio guide (multiple languages) upon arrival.

When to do it

This attraction is popular year-round, but gets especially busy in school holidays – you are strongly advised to book a timed entry online in advance. It’s all undercover so it’s not affected by Yorkshire’s fickle weather.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Medieval, turreted gate with car passing underneath

York’s dramatic past – from Roman settlements to Viking invasions – has created one of Britain’s most beautiful historic cities, home to the world-famous York Minster and the most complete medieval walls in the country.