York has a long history and today we have a chance to discover something about the time of the Vikings.
The Viking invasion of York took place on November 1st 866AD and was led by Ivar The Boneless who along with King Halfden renamed the city Jorvik.
At the world famous and award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Between the years 1976-81 archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust, an independent educational charity, revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago.
The remains of these 1,000 year old houses are revealed beneath your feet, objects taken from the excavations are explored and Viking-age timbers are brought before your eyes.
With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of Viking artefacts visit the newly re-imagined JORVIK Viking Centre and discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy.
JORVIK Viking Centre is on the very site where the excavations took place, creating a groundbreaking visitor experience where you take a journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th century York.
This event is an optional extra on the York Celebration Weekend, but open to anyone.