The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and visitor attraction in York, England, containing lifelike mannequins and life-size dioramas depicting Viking life in the city. Visitors are taken through the dioramas in small carriages equipped with speakers. You essentially go on this brilliant ride that takes you back in time to 10th Century York, and on the very site that you are standing on, they reconstruct the Viking streets! It’s a wholly immersive experience with the sights, sounds and even smells designed to give you a feel of what life was really like.
Unlike last time we went, the weather outside wasn’t great – which is what makes The Jorvik Viking Centre such a good day out – a welcome relief from the weather, whatever the weather was. This time we were happy to take shelter from all the downpours we’ve been having. Last year we went on scorching day and the air con was a welcomed relief!
It’s a really great day out – very interesting – without a doubt the highlight for us all is going on the carriages! There were three of us, so we all fitted on the first row of a carriage. What’s great about this is no one gets tired and we have enough time to go round seeing everything without any one lagging behind! The carriages have speakers – one option being a kids tour, which is what we all went for. The kids one gave exactly the same information as the adult one but in a more accessible way which really engaged my daughter. To say they were fascinated was an understatement – she still comes out with little facts she’d learnt on the day.
The carriages take around 20 minutes then there are other parts that are set out more like a museum. All in all we were in there for about 1.5 hours, but you could have taken longer. My daughter loved it, as did my Mum who we also took along. I love days out like this – interesting, informative but above all fun! A great attraction – if you’re visiting York you must go!