Join the Vikings and see York's rich Viking tradition at this unique attraction and annual festival.
Of all the extraordinary chapters in York’s history the one that most captures the public imagination is when York or Jorvik found itself under Viking rule.
One of the reasons why the Scandinavian invaders still exercise such a hold on the imagination is that little evidence remains of their British reign. York was the only lasting Viking kingdom in England and thanks to the unusual soil conditions in the Coppergate area - the very heart of Jorvik - many specimens survived to bring to life a vivid era.
JORVIK Viking Centre was built on the very site where the excavations had taken place. The archaeologists’ determination to recreate a Viking city as authentically as possible from the layout of the houses, the working craftsmen, to the smells of cooking meant it is “possibly the biggest and certainly the most imaginative excavations of our generation.”
Don’t miss the Viking Festival every February.
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