Jorvik Viking Centre
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Review from Mike D.
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Weird. Or I suppose "wyrd" since we're talking about vikings here. But then again we're talking about illiterate vikings who didn't leave us any written records but were good enough to leave a bunch of trash for us to dig up later (and, yes, the famous turd).
We'd been warned about the weirdness but were still pleasantly taken off-guard. The animatronic norsemen and women are creepily life-like, in large part because their eyes follow you. They simulate or maybe pipe in smells in a few areas too--fortunately not when you pass the poor gent at the end who seems to have had a bit too much moldy cabbage the day before.
Review from Robin Z.
If you have absolutely nothing better to do...
I paid, I saw, I shrugged. Not even Viking poo could sway my opinion.
(looking to score my 1st English ROTD)
Somewhere outside York, a bf tries to call me. It worked!
One of the few walled cities left in England, this is one o…
Review from Alex S.
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Fantasticlly knowledgable staff!
I learnt the following just from chatting to the staff here on me visit:
They are in the possesion of the world's largest viking poo, the remaining parts of which are safe to touch
Not only can you learn about their diet from a dead person's poo, but also their environment flora and overall health
Horn made flagons are no good for tea because, unlike plastic, horn gets very flexible when heated
Victorians swallowed worms to lose weight and then persuaded them to crawl back up and out of their throat when had lost enough
You can estimate the age of a skeleton based on the wear of its joints
Cheap grindstones lead to cheap flour full of stones which is such an ordeal to eat it actually wear's down one's teeth
Review from Anna F.
This is an extremely popular and very successful tourist attraction in York. Located in Coppergate Shopping centre, this is one of the most hands on let's-travel-back-in-time museums I can think of. It gets very busy, particularly during Viking Festival week and you can guarantee a lot of children so if you want to avoid a long wait I would suggest booking online. Susan D. has a very accurate description below and it will fascinate both adults and children. The exhibition was recently renovated (within the past 4 years I think) and it is over the infamous Coppergate excavations, which initially were only thought to be trivial (with an estimated time of excavation of about 6 months) but once the impressive Viking settlement was found turned into a much much longer project!
Review from Susan D.
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This was one of the most amazing museums Rick and I visited during our entire trip to the U.K. We went back in time in a sense. The remains of 1,000 year old houses are beneath. The Jorvik is the site of one of the largest archaeology digs in history . It took them five years (1976-81) to find the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik.
At Jorvik, you get to travel through the ancient city and see how the Vikings lived. You ride in a tram car like you would an attraction at Disney* (but believe me, this is no Disneyfield attraction). Along the way you'll visit the riverfront, the leather stall, the cesspit, new homes being built, a Viking house interior, etc. You'll see all the local folk like the antler worker, the blacksmith, the fishmonger, the gossipping lady, and the arguing couple.
There are also exhibits outside the ride. My favorites were "Unearthed", showing life, death, battle, and disease through excavations and "Artifacts Alive" in which Viking "ghosts" show you artifacts and give you a first hand accounts of their lives.
So yeah, the Jorvik Viking Centre is a little touristy, but hey, Rick and I were tourists, right? But this is a really fine attraction at that. We learned all about the Vikings--who they were, how they lived, what their connections to us are, etc. For my fellow Americans whose only concept of Vikings is a certain football team in Minnesota, this is well worth it.
*I apologize for the Disney comparison. I realize it might be heresy but it was the only one I could think of.
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