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Jorvik Viking Centre

York, England, United Kingdom

About Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre is an historical visitor attraction in York displaying a reconstruction of a Viking city as it would have looked in approximately 975 AD. In fact, between 1979 and 1981, archaeologists found around 40,000 well-preserved Viking items and the remains of their city on the site on which the Jorvik Viking Centre is based.

This archaeological dig was conducted on the site of a former sweet factory on land intended for use as a shopping centre. It was found that the soil of this land was ideal for preserving materials, even those as delicate as wood and leather. The remains unearthed included timber buildings, wells, tools, human and animal remains and textiles.

Today, many of these items are displayed at Jorvik Viking Centre along with a reconstruction of the city, complete with figures representing the Vikings whose likeness is based on skulls found at the site. From market scenes to those showing the Vikings at home and at work, Jorvik recreates the Viking life as it would have been in what is now York. This site features as one of our Top 10 UK Tourist Attractions.