The severe flooding in York over the Christmas period has caused major damage at JORVIK Viking Centre
The visitor attraction, owned by York Archaeological Trust is located in a basement below the Coppergate Shopping Centre. Due to the substantial flooding over the Christmas period, this caused parts of the attraction including areas of the world-famous ride around a recreation of the Viking-age street of Coppergate, to be submerged under 50cm of water.
“When we first became aware of water leaking into the attraction, we immediately transported all of the historic artefacts within JORVIK up to the first floor, and they have now been moved off-site to a safe location. However, around half of the attraction was currently submerged, with water under the raised floor upon which the remainder sits,” comments Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions for York Archaeological Trust. “We are devastated by the scale of the water incursion in what, until now had been a watertight basement.”
The team at York Archaeological Trust, owners of the JORVIK Viking Centre, is already implementing plans to get the repairs complete as soon as possible.
The other attractions owned and managed by The JORVIK Group in York remain open to the public during this period.
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*JORVIK Viking Centre is owned by York Archaeological Trust, a registered charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (SCO42846)