Jorvik in 2010

The Vikings arrived in 866AD, when will you get there?

Jorvik Viking Centre reopened on 13th February 2010 following a £1million refurbishment to bring archaeology back to the forefront of the attraction.



“JORVIK has always been at the cutting edge of historical and archaeological presentation but now, with the new developments, even more so. Even if you have been before, you have to come again.”

Time Team’s Tony Robinson



Brand New Features 

  • Discover Coppergate – a brand new glass-floored gallery. Incorporating an underfoot recreation of the original Coppergate excavation, enabling visitors to see exactly how the Viking-age remains were discovered.
  • 1,000 year old timbers that once formed the wall of a Viking house.
  • Displays of never before seen objects discovered during the Coppergate excavation that gave new and fascinating insights into Viking Age life.
  • Seven new state of the art animatronics who interact with visitors in Old Norse.
  • A new Viking Age house and back yard, based on evidence of an amber worker’s house discovered during the Coppergate excavation.

Vikings from the New World

Sigurd the antler worker, Unni the woodworker, two Viking builders, an arguing couple and a rat have arrived in the city after a 4,000-mile journey from Ohio, where the lifelike animatronics were created by US specialist, Life Formations.

All of the characters are based on archaeological evidence from the Coppergate dig, on which the JORVIK Viking Centre now stands, and talk directly to visitors in Old Norse (voiced by York University MA and PhD students).
According to Nigel Knight of RMA, the firm which managed the refurbishment, Life Formations was selected for the project because of their credentials and ability to create animatronics that look real from a foot away.

“They’re the world leaders in high detail models…”, says Nigel.

“The new characters will be incredibly lifelike, so visitors will come face to face with some very convincing Vikings! Look out for Sigurd’s missing finger, which he lost in an accident using his saw; listen to the arguing couple discussing what to have for dinner and watch out for the rat foraging in the waste pits as you tour round Viking-age York.”

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