JORVIK Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre

At 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 Archaeology, 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.

These incredible discoveries enabled us to build JORVIK Viking Centre on the very site where the excavations had taken 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

The Herefordshire Hoard is currently on display at JORVIK Viking Centre!

Loaned to York Archaeology from Herefordshire Council, the Hoard is well known for being discovered in 2015 by metal detectorists near Leominster. It is believed that 90% of the hoard has been illicitly sold on the black market, with the perpetrators since sentenced to over 23 years in prison.

The Herefordshire Hoard currently consists of 29 silver coins, unique gold jewellery, a remarkably well-preserved rock crystal pendant and a single silver ingot

This incredible hoard will be available to view at JORVIK Viking Centre until Summer 2024.

What We Offer Visiting Schools:

Built on the very site where archaeologists discovered over 40,000 Viking-age objects, a visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre gives students the opportunity to learn about the real Viking settlement of Jorvik.

Why Choose Us for an Educational Visit:

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York on the site of the world-famous Coppergate Dig! Travel back in time in our ride experience to encounter everyday life in the year 960. Come face-to-face with fascinating 1000-year-old artefacts in our galleries, with the help of our friendly Viking guides.

Subjects and Topics Covered:

A school visit to JORVIK is the perfect fit for Key Stage 2 history topics on Anglo-Saxon and Viking England. A visit to JORVIK supports the following GCSE and A-Level history units:

Edexcel Migrants in Britain 800-Present day

AQA Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day

OCR The Viking Age 790-1066

OCR Viking Expansion 790-1066

Itineraries, Resources, and Workshops:

Extend your visit to JORVIK with our 45-minute workshop sessions, specially designed to spark your pupils’ interest in the past by exploring a variety of fun and interesting themes. Designed with Key Stage 2 in mind, but suitable for all key stages, our learning team are happy to discuss your specific learning aims.

Our Viking workshops take place at DIG, just 5 minutes’ walk from JORVIK. Please be advised that the maximum capacity for these workshops is 32 for groups of under 12s and 22 for groups aged 13-18.

Pricing Information

1 site / 2 sites / 3 sites

School Child: £4.00 / £7.00 / £9.00

Teacher: £4.30 / £8.00 / £9.50

*One teacher free with every 6 child places booked.

**Schools do not have to visit all three attractions on the same day.

Prices may be subject to change. Please contact our Reservations team to confirm prices at the time of booking.

The other sites include DIG and Barley Hall.

Accessibility and Disabled Facilities

There is step-free access to the entrance and throughout the building. There is a lift between floors and an accessible toilet. All staff have disability awareness and Autism Awareness training whilst some staff have BSL training.

Glass doors have contrast markings. We have interpretation available in level 1 translation and in large print. Some parts of the building have low lighting, though you can borrow a handheld lamp.

Visual stories are available to download on our website and we have paper copies at our front desk.

We have a hearing loop on all our ride capsules and at our “pod” area.

We have a complimentary ticket policy for carers and personal assistants, and all tickets are valid for one year, allowing as many returns and re-entries as you like.

Seating is available throughout the building, and we have sensory packs for you to use at our front desk.




Accessible by Public Transport, Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome,


Cater for Corporate Events, Cater for Educational Groups, Coach Parties Welcome, Groups Welcome, Risk Assessment Available,


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    Opening Hours

    April – October: 10am-5pm (last admission)
    November – March: 10am-4pm (last admission)


    Please check website for further details


    15-17 Coppergate Walk, York, YO1 9WT

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