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“Overpriced”

Jorvik Viking Centre
Ranked #31 of 167 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The year is AD960 and the last Viking King in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe, has been banished. The city is thriving with a flourishing manufacturing centre and wide trading links. There are new buildings, new peoples and new stories to be told... What’s New? •A New Ride experience with the sights, sounds and of course, smells, of the Viking-Age •Updated historical interpretation, showcasing the cultural ‘melting pot’ of 10th-century York •The latest cutting edge technology bringing the Viking period to life! Hop aboard our improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 8, 2017

Visited whilst in York for the day. Whilst the centre is interesting and well laid out we found it to be expensive for an attraction which barely took an hour to complete including time in the gift shop. The sights and smells were realistic as you went round with the quality of the models/ scenes very high quality. Probably would have been better value had we bought a combined ticket for some of the other Jorvik attractions but time did not allow. Best to book in advance and beat the queues.

Thank JLW70
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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Really well done. Make sure u book in advance as queues are quite long. Btw companion guide is not a booklet but a very informative book - recommend the extra cost if u are interested

Thank andyDubs
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Based in real archeological discoveries on site, this is the real deal. What the center tries to do is share a bit of what they've learned about Viking life in the area, through the medium of a ride-through animatronic village, complete with smells. (You have been warned!)

Overall, there is short film, a ride, a museum display, and a gift shop. You will experience these in order.

BEST:
*The actual artifacts are amazing. Pay attention to the information in the narration during the ride, and printed in the museum following it. Much of what they discovered revealed details about everyday life for the Vikings.
*Talk to/Engage the staff who are stationed at different points in the museum portion. They have more information, and in some cases replica items for you to see and hold.
*Watch for live actors amongst the animatronic figures on the recreated village of the ride. Cool innovation!
*Each seat in the ride vehicle has its own video screen and speakers. Each guest can choose the language which they would like for their narration, including a kid's version in English.

WORST:
*The smells! I'm too polite to describe some of the smells, but I'll just say this isn't Disney.
*It was hard to listen to the narration and also make sure to see everything AND try to listen to the voices of the figures as well.

TIPS:
*If you plan ahead, buy your tickets ahead and print them out. This gets you in a separate "fast track" line. Though I'm not sure it fits my description of fast, it does save you time.
*If you plan to visit right away on the morning, be aware there will be a line. We arrived at 10 minutes before the opening on a Friday, and due to an entry procedure that allows for smooth flow through the attraction (and about 25 people ahead of us who arrived even earlier), we got in about 25 minutes later.
*After you enter and go down the stairs, you'll be able to look through the plexiglass floor to a portion of the actual dig just a few inches below. There will be a short film about the excavation. Stay to the left of the room, as this where the next line forms for the ride. You could maybe even skip part of the film.
*Each ride vehicle holds a maximum of 6, 3 in a front row, 3 in the back. When we visited, we were in a party of 2 and got a row to ourselves. If you are in a larger group, plan ahead who will go with who, so that you are ready when you get to the loading area.
*FYI When we asked about a restroom at the end, we were directed to a coffee shop nearby. So, this either means there are no visitor restrooms on site, or that you cannot access them once you've entered the gift shop.
*Finally, be aware the attraction is dark (lighting-wise) and has some elements of real life you or your child might not expect (blood where meat was butchered, a restroom scene.) Plan accordingly for smaller children who might not (or will very much) appreciate these things.

Thank crzytch
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

We loved this place! The people mover moves you along at a great pace too see it all, then shows you the real artifacts. Spent about 90 minutes. Well worth the ticket price. Teenage children liked the audio.

Thank LauraE707
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

I would recommend this centre. My mother has trouble with her hips and knees and the ride taking you around was very useful at it allowed her to see the set and learn the history without getting sore and tired. Really enjoyed it. The interactive screens are good for all ages.

Thank Saara D
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