JORVIK Welcomes 18 Millionth Visitor

JORVIK has its 18,000,000th visitor through the doors

Issued 19/08/2015

JORVIK Viking Centre has welcomed its 18 millionth visitor through its doors.

The McKee family from Manchester, (Andrew, Penny, William and Evie) were informed of the news at 11.10am, on the morning of 19th August, whilst waiting to enter the attraction.

JORVIK Viking Centre opened to the public on the 14th April, 1984, attracting people from all over the world to discover what life was like over 1,000 years ago in York. Many famous faces have also experienced the reconstructed city of Jorvik, with the like of HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of York, York’s very own Dame Judi Dench, Tony Robinson, Liv Tyler and even Timmy Mallet visiting to name but a few.

Based on an archaeological dig by York Archaeological Trust in the 1970s which lead to over 40,000 Viking-age artefacts being unearthed, JORVIK Viking Centre was a world first incorporating all the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York. It truly was a significant step that changed the face of museum interpretation.

David Scott, Head of Marketing for York Archaeological Trust, comments “Now in its 31st year, JORVIK Viking Centre continues to educate and entertain families from all over the world on the Viking Age and as a not for profit organisation, income generated by our paying visitors helps to fund the Trust’s charitable activities to ensure the past is something that is enjoyed by all.”

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Notes to Editors:

The JORVIK Group of attractions comprises:

JORVIK Viking Centre


Barley Hall

The Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

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:

More information on York Archaeological Trust:

Media Contact:

David Scott

Head of Marketing

01904 543426


Paul Whiting

Marketing Manager

01904 543433