"Jorvik Viking Centre" Jorvik Viking Centre Tip by yooperprof

Jorvik Viking Centre, York: 30 reviews and 21 photos

  The main entrance and gift shoppe
by yooperprof

Travel back in time to experience the sights and smells of medieval Jorvik!

Hold onto your seat as the Time Travel Machine whisks you through crowded streets and alleyways!

Wonder at the amazing finds from unexpected archeological discoveries!

Be Entranced at the antics of the animatronic figures!

Discuss Viking lore with costumed role-players - who fortunately speak modern English!

Check out the tourist tat in the fine gift shop on your way out!

Okay, Jorvik Viking Centre is a little bit hokey. I could have done with the "time travel" folderol, particularly the Who-ish figure in the lab coat who gives the main spiel about the "ride through ten centuries" that all visitors have to go through.

But I give some credit to the people who organized this place. They really do have a treasure trove of important and fascinating artefacts from the Viking Era, and they are just trying to present the material in a manner that will be interesting and relevant for our over-stimulated age. From a museumological perspective, the Viking Centre breaks new ground.

There are two distinct parts of the Experience: the first is a "ride" that takes visitors through a reconstruction of Jorvik (York) as it is thought to have been at the time of the Viking settlements here. I especially liked the blasts of often foul smells that are unleashed - very rarely do people have a chance to experience the smells of the past, and they certainly were powerful back then!

In the second part of the experience you get out of the "time travel car" and walk through a series of more conventional exhibits; however, there are costumed role-players who interpret various experiences, and who offer a helpful personal perspective through their costumes, actions and explanations.

Overall, it's worth it.

Address: Coppergate,York,Y01 9W
Directions: Just offer Coppergate in the centre of the city.
Phone: 01904 643211 Fax:01904 627097
Website: http://www.vikingjorvik.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 13, 2006
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