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Smell York

Smell is the stronger of the senses and the one associated with forming the strongest memories!

If you think Vikings were cool, it may be because you have never smelled them! Visit JORVIK Viking Centre and travel back in time to a Viking age York. JORVIK Viking Centre was built on the very site where excavations took place.  Archaeologists, determined to recreate a Viking city as authentically as possible from the layout of the houses to the smells of cooking, created possibly the biggest and one of the most imaginative excavations of our generation.

If you are around York this February, you're likely to see and smell real Vikings parading through the city in the annual Viking Festival. Check out the festival times and book your visit in advance.

For a sweeter smelling memory, come to York this spring and visit Castle Howard's rose garden. York is in the centre of Yorkshire, famous for its gardens like that of Castle Howard, RHS Harlow Carr and Beningbrough.

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JORVIK Viking Festival 2014

Come face to face with a Viking and win the Best Beard Competition

Travel 1,000 years back in time at the JORVIK Viking Centre and at the annual JORVIK Viking Festival. Take a nose clip!

Historic Toilet Tour

Follow a unique saga of convenience on a historic toilet tour

Sample the comforts of medieval garderobes & travel from Roman sanitation to the 1700s 'Sugar' House!

Smell the Flowers in York & Beyond

Breathe in heady scents – Roses at Castle Howard and Water Lillies at Burnby Hall

Book a week to discover RHS Harlow Carr, Harewood House, Castle Howard, Burnby Hall, Beningbrough, Scampston, Breezy Knees and Stillingfleet gardens to mention just a few...