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a Museum in the town of York, in the county of North Yorkshire


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About Jorvik Viking Centre

Here in a very modern building at the heart of one of the countries most beautiful and historic cities is an award-winning museum celebrating York's strong Viking heritage. The museum perfectly reveals to the visitor just what daily life was like under Viking rule in the 10th century.

The site of the museum is well chosen, it stands on an excavated site where well preserved remains of Viking York were discovered encased in mud, thus the meaning of the museum is all the more realistic and evocative of the times. It has all the excitement of scenes, smells and sights of long ago.

Visitors are taken on a magical journey through a series of rich tableaux depicting shops, streets, markets, homes, even down to the food the Viking's ate and how it was prepared. You can see and examine Viking costume, even strike your own coin from copies of coin dyes found when the site was uncovered.

The centre has an exhibition telling how the site was discovered, and how scientists put the jigsaw of the past together for the benefit of future generations to come.

This is an atmospheric place with much to see and learn about. Its appeal is wide and varied for there is much here for people of all age groups. The Jorvik Viking Centre usually opens it doors to a "flurry" of visitors with queues lasting for most of the day. It is one of York's foremost tourist attractions which no visitor should miss.

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