Jorvik Viking Centre
Jorvik Viking Centre
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ali0818
    London, United Kingdom339 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bringing back the next generation
    Came here as a teenager in the 90s and now back with my daughter (8). Had find memories of the museum but was surprised now by how small it was and how quick to go around. We were there just over an hour. The glass covered excavations are u retesting but could do with more information labels. The ride I think is excellent but daughter was scared of the model people and their eyes so was a distraction to the excellent commentary. After the ride there is just one more room with lots of interesting relics but busy and dark. Seemed quite expensive for a short visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • myraconn
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating!
    My partner and I popped in for a visit mid afternoon. We didn’t pre-book but only waited 20 minutes to get in. The first part was a ride through a reconstructed Viking street with a spoken and written guide. We found it really interesting, especially with the different smells as we passed through. The second section had some of the finds from the dig with some information. The visit took around an hour, really enjoyed it and learned lots. Would recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Sarah M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom30 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit disappointing
    I was expecting more than just a ride through replicated streets. Obviously the ride makes it unique but you then don't get the time to look at things in detail like you would walking round. The ride talks to you and explains things as you go round however I couldn't concentrate on it because it wasn't explained that you would hear the others next to you talking to, for example our daughter obviously wanted to hear the kids version which had a high pitched child talking to her and that's all I could hear. I could hear or taking in what Sean Bean was saying to me (I don't know if it is him but what I did hear it sounded like him). The whole sound thing was a clash. Once the ride is finished there are some exhibits to look at but our daughter quickly got bored by this as she hates reading and there was nothing interactive. I was expecting more for the money paid.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Anna988
    Leeds, United Kingdom18 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit, but needs additions making to the attraction.
    After paying to enter, when you head down the stairs you get the opportunity to walk on a glass floor with relics underneath. I found this part quite underwhelming with little information. It also feels like you are moving from the queue outside to another queue in this room. It is in this room that you join the queue for the ride. The ride part is excellent, but nothing appears to have changed from when I went approx 4 years ago to this year. So that’s a little disappointing to not see money being reinvested in the attraction. Museum section after the ride was interesting. Staff were all friendly and informative. I don’t think I’d return, unless other things were added to the attraction. Definitely a good way to fill an hour in York if you haven’t visited before.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Emma G
    Northampton, United Kingdom60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Those who love history
    Like the layout design, the rides and the history. The only thing I didn't enjoy was how smelly it was ( history and my nose are sensitive) I don't think a toddler or those who might be scared of the dark is suitable.Toddler can be bored not understand the history. Pre-booked would be ideal, it can get busy over summer time when kids are on break however you can enter in normal but may wait longer. Not suitable for wheelchair but suitable for buggy and disability that require walker as u need to get on the ride. The walker take to the end via by staff so it was there ready when we arrive from the ride. We were there about an HR however it is more suitable for teenager or adult that interest with history that stay longer. Overall it is ok 3.7 ⭐
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Parkham
    Cardiff, United Kingdom245 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too 'staged'.
    I went here back in the late 80s and it was so different. you were in a travel car for two which turned round just after beginning the journey as you were 'going back in history'. It slowed to show 'digs' there you could see what life was like in the Viking era including layers of soil showing the times. You felt a part of it! As my Review Titlel says, 'Staged' and suffers because of it IMHO.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Sunita Bhatoia Sandhu
    Leicester, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    I had already visited here in October 2021 with my partner but this time I was visiting with family members. We booked our visit for 10.00am but arrived slightly earlier. We were told to wait (10 mins max) and were let in. The place was slightly busy and got even busier. I found the ride into the times of Viking history interesting. This is a must for anyone with an interest in history especially the Vikings!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 August 2023
  • SKMC1
    Northampton, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    With having a MAX card for my son with asd/adhd, we were able to attend without cost. When we arrived, the queue to enter was long. After speaking with the staff at the door and showing my son's MAX and access card, we were allowed direct entry which helped hugely. Once inside, there was yet another huge queue for the enterance of the sit in vehicles. There was a lot of people just wondering around not really knowing what they were looking at or what to do. This was overwhelming for both myself and my son. I spoke with a member of staff named Josh about support getting to the ride and he could not have been nicer! He whisked as away through a side door, spoke with us clearly and informed us of everything to expect. The relief on my son's face and his tense body posture relaxed instantly. Nothing was too much bother, even requesting the cart to ourselves. A big thanks to Josh. However upon leaving, we exited the building and was instantly snapped at by a woman who was working outside because we were stood directly in the queue (blocking it, were her words) that had been split across the exit. We hadn't realised we had come to the end of the tour and was debating going back in to use the toilet as it was queued back when we first attempted. So overall, possibly over priced for what it was if paying full price.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Nathanael Sadgrove
    Manchester, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing cultural experience!
    A great experience of York's Viking history. An interactive ride with a traditional museum afterwards, but the ride really helps you understand the museum exhibits. Queue can be quite large so recommend going early or later in the day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 August 2023
  • puddleduck16
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent family friendly experience
    Excellent place to visit, my 9 year old was all for going again the next day! So informative and the assistants were so helpful at answering any questions. We really enjoyed the "pod" tour round the Viking village. Glad that it wasn't as pongy as I remember from 25 years ago!! Everyone can choose their audio tour in different language. My 9 year old chose the normal adult tour but there was a kids version. Museum area at the end had lots of exhibits. Would easily visit again on our next visit to York.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
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angelawA6201UJ
Market Harborough358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited here as a family of 3 (with our 10 year old daughter) whilst on holiday in the area.
Excellent COVID measures in place.
We booked on line and were made to feel instantly welcome with a good old Yorkshire/Viking greeting whilst queuing outside (very quick to get in as only a few people because of Covid restrictions).
All staff were courteous, helpful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
We enjoyed the “ride” and learnt a great deal. The exhibitions were excellent with staff on hand to give you even more information.
The shop (that you visit as you exit) had a variety of items to purchase ranging from “pocket money” price to more expensive.
We spent a couple of enjoyable hours here.
Note - if your child has a Blue Peter badge they get in free. If you have English Heritage membership you get in at a reduced rate. Don’t forget to wear your Blue Peter badge and take your English Heritage card with you though!
Written 24 October 2020
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Thanks for leaving us a fantastic review! We're glad you had an enjoyable experience at JORVIK and were made to feel welcome by our friendly Vikings. Don't forget you can use your ticket to come back within the year!
Written 15 December 2020
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Rosemary W
Chester, UK461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I hadn't read the details of Yorvik before going with my daughter.
The little train ride was unexpected and a good way to experience Viking life in York. The various forms af commentary was useful and only heard from sitting back in your seat - which if you needed to lean forward to see things you missed the commenary. However there was a transcript on the screen in front of each seat.
The models were extremely realistic and when the real life costumed staff members talked afterwards it threw me for a second! The staff were very informative.
Although there were lots of artifacts on disply the rest of the museum seemed quite small. We only spent about an hour in the museum so the entrance price seemed rather steep for the time compared with other attractions we visited.
Written 6 January 2020
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Thanks for the review, we're glad you enjoyed your experience at JORVIK Viking Centre! We're sorry you didn't feel we offered good value for money, our artefact gallery does show some of the most significant Viking-age finds in the UK, from the Coppergate excavation on which JORVIK Viking Centre is based. We do take feedback very seriously and use it to improve future visits for our customers.
Written 8 January 2020
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PhilthetravellerXI
Avoca Beach, Australia841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This fascinating attraction is well worth a visit of an hour or so in York. We had not realised the origins of the city, indeed the name, go back to Viking times. Entry is around 10-15 pounds for an adult, children less, and you can prebook. We joined the queue and it did not take too long. You are placed in a carriage, holding 2 adults, which moves through the display taking you from early days in the history of England though to later periods of settlement with realistic models of villages, Saxons, Vikings, settlers, hunters and so on. It is all very realistic and most educational for visitors of all ages. There is a museum with artefacts from the various time periods of York, indeed, north-east England including living conditions, coins, weapons, bones. Check out the fossilized stool. There is a shop, not surprisingly, as you exit. Overall a great visit and well worth the entry fee.
Written 31 December 2019
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Hi, we're glad you found your visit informative and enjoyed learning about the history of York! Thanks for the review.
Written 3 January 2020
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Supergirlsister40
Birmingham, UK116 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We were visiting with a disabled family member so checked their website, booked, checked on the morning and all was good so toom a 50 minute drive into York. We arrived at the attraction 20 minutes early to check that all was still okay and no one said anything was a miss. We were told to come back in 10 minutes so we did. We were guided to the queue for pre booked tickets, in the rain, after 20 minutes I heard grumbling from a family in front of us. I asked a staff member if there was a problem only to be told at that point that the ride had been broken for most of the day and although it would be fixed later they could only let people who have booked for those times in. When I asked about refunds a man in character told us to phone a number and leave a 'Very clear message.' All it needed was a post on their website, or to be told when we called in to check. Instead we drive for 50 minutes, paid York parking charges, were drenched in the rain waiting and webstill don't have our money back. Poor show. We won't be visiting again.
Written 29 October 2020
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Rebecca JP
Skegness, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We came to York for the weekend and my partner really wanted to go here so we visited. I paid £27 for 2 tickets so I thought that it would be quite good. We went in and got on the 5min buggy ride that was man made, then afterwards had 2 rooms of things they found on display and then a gift shop. That was it. Definitely not worth the money at all and my partner actually felt the need to apologise for wanting to go.
Written 15 March 2020
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Hi, I'm sorry that your visit to JORVIK Viking Centre did not match your expectations. The ride experience through our reconstructed Viking village lasts around 16 minutes and the artefact galleries display some of the most significant finds from Viking-age York. Thank you for your feedback - we do take feedback very seriously and use it to improve future visits for our customers.
Written 13 July 2020
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Louise W
62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
I was a little disappointed in the Viking centre as it cost us approximately £14 for a trip out that lasted 45minuets. The fact that the museum is a ride was a great surprise, made the experience more exciting and you chose which language you received commentary in. When the ride is over there are a few artifacts in showcase cabinets but then that's it. I was under the impression this was going to be an afternoon out. Your ticket does allow free returns throughout the year which is great and feel more like value for money. Would only recommend to school children learning about Vikings as part of curriculum.
Written 2 September 2020
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Hi, thanks for leaving a review. We do state clearly on our website that you can expect a visit to last around an hour and our artefact galleries showcase some of the most significant Viking-age finds in the UK. our costumed Vikings are also there to offer extra information about the Viking Age. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to York.
Written 9 September 2020
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Olivia M
St. Neots, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
The museum advertises ‘fast track’ the queue when you pre-book however we were still queuing for 20 minutes or so, there was a slight delay also however a friendly staff member did apologise for this which we appreciated. We were already annoyed prior to even queuing though as I tried to ask the security guard/bouncer where to queue if you had pre-booked and he was incredibly rude and dismissive and got us off to a bad start. Not a way to treat paying customers.
Once in the centre, it felt a little disorganised, staff seemed a little fed up and could be overheard talking loudly about when their breaks were. The guy who started talking to us when we first walked in was very informative however it was hard to hear him. Perhaps COVID adjustments can allow for things being a little unorganised.
The actual experience of the ride was incredible. It was incredibly immersive and educational, we LOVED it. The gallery afterwards was fascinating, full of tons of artefacts and information.
We would recommend to friends and family.
Written 13 September 2020
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Hi thank you for your feedback, we're really sorry to hear this. Could you please email cmwilliams@yorkat.co.uk to discuss your comments further? Thanks!
Written 21 September 2020
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Marlon M
Bath, UK205 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Initially pre-booked but got there a little earlier than usual, we were front of the queue but then realised we were 20 minutes early.

This is a very good experience but only for 10 minutes on the ride, the museum is great but needs to have some form of arrow system in place.

I felt the price you pay to get in is little too much as you are not in there for long.

I love history and would have wanted to see more but that’s me, kinda felt rushed.

Overall experience is good and it is worth the visit but please sort out your prices for the time you actually spend in there.

Written 28 August 2020
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Hello, thanks for leaving us a review! We're really proud of our ride experience which depicts Viking life in great detail and lasts 16 minutes and our artefact gallery shows some of the most significant Viking-age finds in the UK, from the Coppergate excavation on which JORVIK Viking Centre is based. Our costumed Vikings are also there to offer additional information for visitors who would like more from their experience. Remember, you can also use your ticket to come back within the year!
Written 9 September 2020
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Si1892
CV47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The experience is essentially a 10 minute automated ride through a series of animatronic based scenes with a commentary and a small museum of Viking artifacts. Both the ride and museum are good quality with some interesting features but compared to the entrance fee this really left us feeling a little ripped off.

At £12.50 for around a 25 minute experience this is one to miss unless you have a YorkPass when it becomes slightly more palatable.
Written 25 February 2020
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Hi, we're really sorry you didn’t enjoy your visit to JORVIK. Our ride experience which depicts Viking life in great detail based on archaeological evidence lasts 16 minutes. And our artefact gallery shows some of the most significant Viking-age finds in the UK. Our costumed Vikings are there to offer added information for visitors who would like more from their experience - they have a wealth of information about the Viking age. You can also use your ticket to come back within the year.
Written 2 March 2020
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simon a
Preston, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Having queued to get in we finally got down the stairs to where the tour begins. There was only one family in front of us and they were getting a one on one with the guide who was telling them all about the findings in the dig area. We walked round to where they were but we're pretty much ignored so patiently waited several minutes for our turn at a one to one as we thought that's how it must work. Apparently not, she then began to address everyone else as a group but as we had been waiting so long whilst the family in front got a one on one the other guide came and ushered us along to the next bit before the guide had finished doing their talk and had no chance for us to ask questions like the family before us who had been given considerable time from the guide. Obviously this had caused a backup of people trying to get in so we were simply pushed along. After paying over £30 for a family of 3 I was more than a little pee'd off about it. The ride was good but overall I don't feel it was very good value for money at all and my son said out of all the things we did in York that this was the one he liked the least.
Written 29 July 2021
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