If you want to learn about York's history, especially its Viking heritage, this is an excellent place to start. The centre has exhibits, and a re-created Viking village. It also has displays of local archeology.
The Jorvil Centre takes you back in time to the days of the Vikings and up to present day archaeolgical findings.
You board a "time machine" and are wisked back in time to the Viking days. On leaving the machine you board capsules which take you through a typical Viking Village. A commentary tells you what you are looking at and a detailed outline of viking life. Blue Peter recently had one of its presenters added as a figure in the village along with one of the Blue Peter dogs!!
After leaving the capsule, you find yourself in the area that covers what has been found during archaeological digs.The centre piece is a complete viking skeleton.
From there you move to the small and expensice gift shop!
While i enjoy the Jorvik centre, i always come away feeling "was that it?".
Also you are are not allowed to take pictures as you move round the village.
Ok - no pic for this activity. Its definitely touristy, but if you have about 30 - 40 minutes to spare, take the tour. Its a 'ride' that takes you through the life and times of the Vikings when they settled in Jorvik (York) in AD 876. Definitely interesting (at least to ME!). At the end of the 'ride' there is a room where they explore more of an actual skeletal frame dug up from the archeological dig, pointing out actual fractures, wounds to the skull and other bones from battle. Quite interesting to see and learn about.
I first visited the Jorvik Centre when I was about 8 years old. Ever since then, I've wanted to go again. Last year we went and it was fantastic!
It was exactly how I remembered it, we had a great time.
My first visit was 1999. The queue was really long at that time, but my next visit in 2003 wasn't too bad. I found a little change in the displays, which is good. Still admission fees are expensive but if it's a contribution to the archaologic research, I feel it's ok.
Step right back in time and see how the Vikings lived, also grab the smell to, not very pleasent, but interesting.
You are seated in a car which slowly goes round on a mono-rail telling the story of the years in which they lived, excellent for families, historical and school trips
We queued for ages for this attraction, and were really dissapointed with it when we finally got in. Not a cheap 15mins, but we did get lots of fresh air waiting to get in. The only good thing I found was that each carriage had built in speakers so you select your own language.
An interesting place for adults and children alike. Even if the child doesn't speak much English they will be fascinated by the smells, noises, scenes from Viking life and the car travelling back in time.
For Diana, one of the highlights of the tour was seeing 'Viking Poo'.
It's up to you whether this is a tourist trap or a must see. I found the museum section of the centre interesting, though the "ride" through ancient York is a bit goofy. You climb into a "time-capsule" and take a tour through a village from Viking times while you listen to conversations, check out the sights, like the man on the toilet (oh my!) and also experience the smells, yes the smells, of a Viking village.
The centre is actually built on the exact site of an archealogical dig where they recovered well preserved remains of the Viking village of Jorvik.
I enjoyed the artifact hall where objects which had been recovered were displayed. There are 4 large cases which these objects are displayed in and through the use of illusion they incorporate these objects with the scenes in which they would be used. You'll have to see it to understand what I mean.
Admission is £6.95 for an adult.
The Jorvik museum is extremely popular. It’s been rebuilt in recent years but I think that most tourists visited it for the smelly effects. You travelled through the museum on a train and at the appropriate time you got the appropriate smell. I’m not sure how they have changed that but I would say it is still bound to be a lot of fun.
The Jorvik Viking Centre in York,opened in April 1984 and has had over 12 million visitors through its doors to travel back in time to the Viking Age.
Here, archaeologists discovered the preserved remains of Jorvik - the place the Vikings once called home. They used these remains to create one of the world's most enthralling reconstructions of the Viking Age. Now, a new chapter in Jorvik's history has opened, following 20 years of academic research into the excavations of the site on which the Jorvik Viking Centre now stands. In a major redevelopment, this research has been used to transform the Jorvik Viking Centre into new JORVIK - a must-see for all visitors to the city of York.
Learn about vikings by taking a trip back in time not only experiencing sights but sounds and smells as well.
The smells are disguisting but they really add to the effect. It's a good way to learn about some of the local history.
Jorvik Centre, we found to be excellant. It was very busy and if you called ahead you had a time to make your visit and avoid the long lines.
Our guide on the walking toward had worked on the dig for the Jorvik Centre. She told us the story of how when they were fixing the foundation of a church they came across this viking village. The centre is build under the church and the next building to that church.
The Jorvik Viking Centre in York, England
A reconstruction of Viking York
based on archaeological evidence.Jorvik - the place the Vikings once called home.