Over 2000 years of history wait to be discovered with new group offers and packages from the JORVIK Group.
York-based The JORVIK Group of Attractions, owners of the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre, have released their refreshed group packages to bring history to life in 2015.
Featuring five historic attractions covering over 2000 years of York’s history, including the reign of Richard III, his successor, Henry VII, and the ever popular Viking Age; The JORVIK Group hopes to entice first time visitors and returning groups alike back to the city of York.
“We’ve been bringing Viking history to life for over 31 years in York, and with our new groups offering, we’re introducing new and exciting ways for people to explore some of the most interesting periods in York’s past”
Comments Sarah Maltby, director of attractions at York Archaeological Trust, owners of The JORVIK Group.
A selection of offers available exclusively to groups have been created for the new guide, including the chance to have a costumed Viking lead groups from the coach park, through the city, whilst narrating the history of York in Viking times; before guiding them through JORVIK Viking Centre. Here Groups can discover the Viking Age, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Viking streets, and coming face-to-face with the Norse residents.
Other attractions included in the guide are Barley Hall, The JORVIK Group’s medieval townhouse, once home of the Lord Mayor of York. After exploring the secrets and history of York in the middle-ages, groups can sit down in the stunning Great Hall for a drinks reception of medieval mead and a full medieval banquet. The Hall recently opened its newest exhibition, Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII, which explores how the city fared under his reign and includes costumes from popular TV and Film adaptations of his life, including Showtime’s The Tudors and the BBC’s classic series The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
For a truly royal experience, a visit to The JORVIK Group’s newest attractions, The Richard III Experience in Monk Bar & Henry VII Experience in Micklegate Bar, can include a guided tour along the ancient city walls with a costumed medieval host, outlining the dark details of the
War of the Roses and how two sides battled for control of the country. Groups can discover the impact that each monarch had on the city of York, with a new exhibition at Monk Bar looking at the discovery and reinterment of Richard III, and featuring rare artefacts & remains from Towton, the location of one of the decisive battles in the War of the Roses.
Joint attraction discounts and special offers mean that groups can tailor their day to suit all requirements, with a dedicated booking team on hand to help organise every last detail, from coach park locations, to best entry times and what added extras to best suit your group.
For more information, prices and booking details, group organisers can visit the website at www.thejorvikgroup.com/groups or call the reservation department on 01904 615505.
Notes to Editors
The JORVIK Group comprises:
JORVIK Viking Centre
The Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar
The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
and manages the JORVIK Viking and JORVIK Medieval Festival.
The JORVIK Group is owned by York Archaeological Trust, an independent charity which investigates the past for the benefit of present communities and future generations. More information on all the JORVIK Group: www.thejorvikgroup.com
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