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“Interesting, But Expensive”

Jorvik Viking Centre
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #21 of 205 things to do in York
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Return of the Vikings – JORVIK Reopens 8th April 2017 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... The world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre will reopen on Saturday 8th April 2017 after a multi-million pound re-imagining following the devastating flooding in 2015. 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! You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! Plus, with 22 new animatronics across the recreation there is something new to see around every corner. Our gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to the astounding Viking artefacts that inspired the creation of JORVIK. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre.
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

Visiting this exhibition is informative and you you can learn a lot. But at £17.50 for adults this is very over priced.
Book online for only £9.95, and if you have a smartphone or internet enabled Tablet, book minutes before you go in. We arrived at 1.15pm. There was a queue of around 30 minutes. We were about to give up once we saw the sign for the price but noticed another board displaying online prices; dramatically cheaper! Out came the Smartphone and within a few taps we had bought our tickets for fast track entry at 1.30pm. We saved £14!
We left the queue, joined the fast entry (which was empty) and proceeded into the exhibition. There are many artifacts to see and a lot of in depth reading on plaques. The high point is a gentile ride through York of Vikings time with a commentary of what you can see and how they lived. Very informative.
For those interested in history then this is a must. For small children they get easily bored, but for older children and teenagers this is informative and educational..

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

As many people have said this attraction is expensive lasting only about an hour at most. However the ride is very interesting and you certainly remember the sights and sounds. It brings history to life. My main criticism would be that the exhibition part is rather dimly lit and difficult to see. As many people have said go before 10 or after 4 or prebook on line.

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Yes it's expensive, yes it's busy, yes it's commercial but ya know what? It is brilliant. Lots of history, lots of facts, lots of interactive things for the kids. (The kids LOVE it!). Don't be a boring old fart- be adventurous- forget about the money and enjoy travelling back to old viking times in England. Well worth it. But one word of advice. Get there early to avoid the queue.

Thank Monford
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

The entrance fee is understandable for what they have to maintain, but for the amount of time you spend there, it is on the steep side. I liked it very much though, would go back with my kids.

Thank Yvonne O
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Definitely a must see! In fact we went twice! My son loved the smelly Viking village (I think the smells were worse later in the week)!

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