Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Jorvik Viking Centre (York)

Jorvik Viking Centre is an outstanding tourist attraction in the ancient city of York.

Situated in the Coppergate area of the city, it utilises a vehicle on tracks, in a similar fashion to The Oxford Story and The Tales of Robin Hood in Nottingham.

York was the centre of a Danish, or if you prefer Viking, Kingdom in the 10th century. It was the Danes who gave the city the name Jorvik, which has since developed into York.

The Jorvik Centre allows viewing of actual artefacts from the Danish period, and gives a good idea of what working and living conditions were like at the time.

Probably the best known of the Danish Kings of York was Eric Bloodaxe. The centre makes much play of the astonishing names by which some of his contemporaries were known, such as Sweyn Forkbeard, Harold Bluetooth and Ivar the Boneless.

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