About Us

YAT: An independent charity

The JORVIK Group is owned by York Archaeological Trust and is made up of five unique heritage attractions in the city of York.

Beginning in 1984 with the opening of the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre,  the group has grown to include: Dig:An Archaeological Adventure, Barley Hall, and most recently, The Richard III & Henry VII Experiences.

Owned by York Archaeological Trust, an independent charity, which investigates the past for the benefit of present communities and future generations. The JORVIK Group follows the values of the Trust; working to discover and present history in a way that is both engaging and informative, allowing us to bring history to life within our unique attractions.

You can find out more about the work of YAT here

JORVIK - Copyright York Archaeological TrustJORVIK Viking Centre

*Closed until Spring 2017*

 The JORVIK Viking Centre, having welcomed over 18 million people through its doors since opening, is a must-see for any visitor to York, and has been for the past 30 years. JORVIK is built on the site where the remains of Viking houses were actually found, and uses the latest technology and information to present the historical finds in an engaging and informative way. Visitors are taken aboard time cars that guide them through the reconstructed village of Viking-age Coppergate, where they see and hear the townsfolk and, of course, smell them as well! 

The Vikings Arrived in AD866. When Will You Get There?


DIG IT! SHAKE IT! SEE IT! FEEL IT! FIND IT! DIG - An Archaeological Adventure

DIG:An Archaeological Adventure takes the subject of archaeology, and presents it in a hands-on, exciting way for kids of all ages to get stuck into! No more boring lessons, here you learn as you play; digging and searching through history in specially made dig pits, then using your creativity and knowledge to figure out how archaeological evidence can teach us more about the past. Perfect for school groups and budding young historians, DIG sets out to make learning fun and interactive, with dedicated historians and staff constantly striving to further the efforts of archaeology with the future of society.

Dig it, Shake it, See it, Feel it & Find it at DIG


Discover medieval York at Barley HallBarley Hall

Rediscovered behind a ruined old building in the 1980s; Barley Hall  is truly is one of the hidden gems of York. Explore what was once the home of Master William Snawsell, the Lord Mayor of York in the middle-ages, in this perfectly reconstructed medieval townhouse. Each room has been decorated to look exactly how it did over 500 years ago, including the great hall , with its high ceiling and timber frames, which has played host to many a  celebration, and is also available to hire for feasts of your own!

 Make Yourself at Home at Barley Hall


Richard III & Henry VII ExperiencesRichard III and Henry VII Experiences

Located on the York Walls on two of the iconic Bars are The Richard III & Henry VII Experiences. Visitors can discover the history of Richard the Plantagenet King, and Henry the Tudor King through interactive displays, presentations and exhibits, as well as an exclusive camp at each attraction. See the impact these two Kings had on the city of York, and discover the hidden details of their reigns, including key battles and moments that took place during their rule.

 Two Kings, Two Gates, One City


Events & Festivals

It’s not just our attractions that we are known for. Every year, the JORVIK Group plays host to a wide variety of events in York and Yorkshire. The annual JORVIK Viking Festival takes place every February within the city walls, and each year brings more revellers to join in the Norse celebrations. We also host an annual Yorkshire Medieval Festival showcasing the county’s history during the middle ages. Throughout the year the JORVIK Group hosts a series of unique events, everything from lectures, talks, tours and workshops.

Discover more about our festival and events


Treat your group to a day out with a difference with the JORVIK Group. Whether its a trip back in time to Viking York or a special walking tour of medieval York our dedicated group reservation team are on hand to help you organise the perfect visit. Plus, with discounted prices and special offers for parties of 15 or more you don’t want to miss out visiting any of our attractions.

Find the perfect groups experience


The JORVIK Group of Attractions prides itself on being educational and entertaining, which makes us the perfect location for school trips! From Key Stage 1 right through to PHD, our team of experts can provide a memorable day of learning catered to the curriculum. Let your students discover history hands on, with activities and resources you won’t find anywhere else!

Discover more on our education offerings


Our unique attractions are also available for private hire. Host your own catered event with a historic theme at one of our exclusive venues. Have a medieval feast at the beautiful Barley Hall, or be hosted by Vikings in the JORVIK Viking Centre! Step inside the ancient St Saviours Church, where DIG is located, and hold your very own evening of celebration, or even a lecture or business meeting! For every event, we have the perfect location to host it.

Explore our private hire and hospitality options

Get Involved

We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic people to become part of the history of York. Whether through out volunteer placements, our community projects or by discovering their new career with us; the JORVIK Group needs you to help bring the past to life.

Be a Part of The JORVIK Group

Touring Exhibitions

For fellow museums and attractions, we have a selection of impressive exhibitions waiting to be discovered! Hire one of our popular exhibitions to be displayed in your own venue, with artefacts, objects and information that won’t be found anywhere else, these exclusive displays are truly one of a kind.

Get the JORVIK Group experience in your venue