JORVIK Viking Centre York
Coppergate York, , , YO1 9WT
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
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.
For schools unable to visit York, we have a range of services to help bring the Vikings into your classroom. Outreach sessions, virtual outreach sessions and loan boxes are all available on a range of Viking topics and will help you to explore the world of the Vikings from JORVIK wherever you are!
Please see the Education outreach pages of the JORVIK Group website (http://www.thejorvikgroup.com/education/) or contact our Reservations Team on 01904 615505 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about booking a trip to JORVIK Viking Centre or using our other learning services.
What makes us a great choice?
A visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre is truly a unique learning opportunity for school groups, allowing them to see, smell, hear and even touch the past. The updated artefact galleries hold over 1000 fascinating finds from the excavation of Viking York, and our handling posts allow young learners the chance to hold a piece of history or see the crafts of the past demonstrated in an authentic way.
Visiting the Viking street of Coppergate at JORVIK is an experience like no other, with the sights, sounds and, of course, smells of daily life around every turn, and all of it recreated from the archaeological evidence found on-site.
As a part of The JORVIK Group- a group of York attractions operated by the educational charity, York Archaeological Trust- the centre is committed to the same core values: to broaden people's understanding and enjoyment of archaeology and its significance in our shared heritage. These values inform every element of our learning programme.
What is typically included?
JORVIK Viking Centre welcomes pupils across the key stages, and the team is happy to tailor the content of talks and handling sessions to your group. Many schools choose to complement their visit with a workshop session that further explores a topic in Viking history, such as battle tactics or costume. Pupils can also investigate the archaeology of Coppergate and our other York finds further at JORVIK's sister attraction, DIG, and learn more about the science behind the history.
For a full breakdown of the curriculum links at KS1 and 2, please visit https://www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/education/national-curriculum/
Group Sizes Catered For
Groups may not exceed more than 35 people (made up of 35 children and adults total, eg. 30 children and 5 supervising adults) at a time, as groups are given admittance in timed slots.
If you wish to bring a school party larger than this, you will be asked to split your group up and your admission will be spread over the timed slots. Timed slots are available at 20-minute intervals.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
All supporting materials for teachers can be found on the classroom resources pages of the website, under the relevant key stage heading (EYFS, KS1 and 2, etc.) Teachers can receive additional support through our various CPD courses and open days, and sign up for a mailing list of useful resources and lesson plans.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Photography is permitted at JORVIK in all areas apart from the ride. Flash photography is not permitted in the artefacts galleries for conservation purposes.
Risk Assessment Details
Risk assessments are available for all our attractions and our workshop sessions on the Education pages of the JORVIK Group website (http://www.thejorvikgroup.com/education/risk-assessments/). Teachers are invited to book a free familiarization visit in advance of their trip.
What are the contact details for their education officer?
Schools Reservation Team
Admission to JORVIK Viking Centre for children aged 5-16 is £3.50 each, when part of a school party (minimum group size of 15, but please enquire about booking for smaller groups).
Supervising adults go free on a 1:6 ratio, and any additional adults are charged £3.80 admission. Joint admission to JORVIK and DIG costs £6.50 per child, and workshops costs £2 per child, or £1.50 when booked with a joint visit to JORVIK and DIG.
The JORVIK Viking Centre is an indoor attraction so no special clothing is needed.
First Aid Information
There are qualified first aiders on-site but please bring trained professionals to support any children with SEND or administering medicine to children.
Lockers (at DIG attraction; please ask for more information)
Lunch Area (at DIG attraction; please pre-book)
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Disabled visitors are welcome at JORVIK Viking Centre but we can unfortunately only welcome one wheelchair user into the attraction at a time due to much of the attraction being below ground. there is a lift and toilet facilities for disabled visitors, and the ride is fitted with a wheelchair-accessible capsule for wheelchair users to visit the Viking street. There is a hearing loop enabled, and large print and Braille guides available.
Opening Hours & Information
10.00 - 17.00 daily from April - October
10.00 - 16.00 daily from October - March
Closed 24th/ 25th /26th December