Named after the original Danish name for the city of York, JORVIK is based on a site that revealed some of the most famous and astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. In the latter half of the 1970s, archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust investigated Coppergate in the centre of York and found remains of houses, workshops and backyards dating from the city’s Viking-Age, laid out exactly as it stood, hidden underground for almost 1,000 years.
One of the first sights to encounter at JORVIK is an exploration of the Coppergate Dig, preserved almost exactly as it was when uncovered in the 1970s. Below a glass floor are the excavations, showing off the preserved timber remains, and audio-visual presentations let you encounter the voices and images of the archaeologists involved in the revolutionary dig, working as a team to piece together the story of the Vikings of medieval Jorvik.
Aboard state-of-the-art ‘time capsules’, small vessels like an old haunted-house style fairground ride, visitors will travel around 10th-century York, experiencing what it was like to live in the city. Sounds, smells and sights are presented in dioramas, showing the houses, workshops and backyards unveiled in the excavations, and people can encounter the different people who once walked the city’s streets click for more info.
After exploring old Jorvik, visitors can see first-hand some of the incredible artefacts that were discovered at Coppergate, the Viking era discoveries that inspired the creation of JORVIK. These rare pieces include finds ranging from intricate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks. There are even some examples of fossilised Viking poo!
Cutting-edge technology is used throughout the centre, to tell the tale more effectively than ever before, and the attraction also gives the opportunity to handle some of the original discoveries, while interacting with a number of friendly hosts, all decked out in traditional Viking clothing.
The world-famous ride guides visitors around the medieval streets of the Viking-age north, and high-tech galleries showcase the unique collection of artefacts, that date from over 1,000 years ago, making JORVIK Viking Centre a fantastic place to discover the forgotten Viking impact on British history.
The world-famous attraction has experienced significant investment over the years, with multi-million-pound reimaginings in both 2001 and 2010. York was significantly affected by flooding in December 2015 when much of Northern England was affected by significantly high rainfall, and at the time JORVIK was also affected, with many artefacts being moved out to preserve them, but the facility still needed to undergo repairs that lasted for around a year and a half. More here.