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Exhibition, Thu 17 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014, free entry


JORVIK Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre

The Antler worker

The Antler worker


It’s been 30 years since JORVIK Viking Centre first opened its doors. Now, as part of the celebration of our 30th anniversary, we are going back to where it all started; to the Coppergate Dig, and the artefacts that were discovered.

This summer, Coppergate Alive! explores some of the interesting Viking finds that were discovered underneath the modern city. Learn what they taught us about the Vikings, and how they helped shape the JORVIK Viking Centre.

From coin dies, which influenced the Viking coin strike we have today, to surprising objects such as wooden bowls and cups, which gave us the name Koppari-gata (Coppergate), or “Street of the cup makers”.

Our archaeological experts will be on hand every day, handling artefacts from the dig, showing how they were used in every day Viking life and how they influenced how we live today.

Not only that, but a brand new app has been made exclusively for Coppergate Alive! Now you can use your smartphone to scan QR codes and learn more about the Viking objects that have survived nearly 1000 years.

For younger historians, the Discover Coppergate App shows just how similar the Vikings were to us, and how they lived much like we do today.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitalityGay friendly

Children welcome

French, German, Japanese, Spanish commentary available on the ride. Health and Safety restrictions only permit one wheelchair user into the building at any given time. Ring for information.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 17 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 09:00 to 17:00


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 17 Jul - Sun 31 Aug Coppergate Alive!



01904 615505





See location of JORVIK Viking Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 604516  Lat: 53.95697 Long: -1.08100

By Road:
Head into York on the A19 into the City centre. The nearest car park is next to Clifford's Tower. JORVIK is then a 2 minute walk away in Coppergate Square.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from York station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gay friendlyGay friendly
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

French, German, Japanese, Spanish commentary available on the ride. Health and Safety restrictions only permit one wheelchair user into the building at any given time. Ring for information.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

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