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Explore 2000 years of York's history this Spring

New this Easter:

A brand new museum in the heart of the city walls launches this Easter! City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar is a short walk from York Train Station, where visitors can explore 2000 years of history.

York's city walls have stood since Roman times, with the original ramparts and timber palisades replaced by stone walls in the third century AD. Visit Micklegate Bar – one of the historic gateways into the city – to discover their 2,000-year stories involving battles, imprisonment and near destruction.

Experience the perfect place to start your walk around the most intact walls of any English city. Combine your visit to the City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar with a guided tour of a section of the walls.
City Walls Experience is open April - October, so make sure you plan your summer visit now.

JORVIK Blog City Walls Experience

Calling all Shakespeare fans

Do you love to indulge in a Shakespearian tragedy? The Bard at Barley Hall opens this Summer! Explore the history of York through the drama of Shakespeare, and learn all about Barley Hall's unexpected role in the revival of Elizabethan theatre in England. With exhibits from York Archaeological Trust's own collections and costumes from movie adaptations of Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies.

Make sure you explore the rest of this medieval gem! Barley Hall is a picturesque medieval townhouse, tucked away down one of the oldest streets in York. Once home to the Priors of Nostell, Barley Hall has been lovingly restored to its original splendour. Look out for the stunning high ceilings, exposed timber frames and possibly the only horn window in England. Book your visit.

JORVIK BLOG Barley Hall Exhibition

Put your feet up

If you’re visiting a bit earlier that Summer, you’ll arrive in time for the opening of Barley Hall Coffee Shop. Continue your historical exploration of York with a relaxing hot drink, on the aptly named Coffee Yard. Immerse yourself in the heritage of this special venue, once home to Thomas Gent’s printing shop and an 18th-Century coffee house.

Uncover one of the largest hoards ever found in the UK

Once you've explored York's medieval past - take in the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York! Ever wondered what Vikings ate for tea or what they did in their spare time? Or what kind of smells you’d find in a Viking village? Journey through 10th Century York in a time capsule and discover remarkably well-preserved Viking artefacts (including a Viking poo!) and explore the story behind the ground-breaking Coppergate dig.

This year at JORVIK, you'll also be able to uncover one of the largest hoards ever discovered in the UK. Found in a lead container in Lancashire, the Silverdale Hoard is comprised of over 200 pieces of silver rings, hacksilver and coins of Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Arabic origin. Providing a fascinating window into AD900 - a time when the trading town of Jorvik was at its peak - this hoard is a must-see in York this Summer. See the hoard up close and take home a special edition Silverdale coin when you visit JORVIK. Book your visit.

JORVIK Blog Silverdale Hoard

Lancashire County Museums Service

Image credit: Charlotte Graham Photography

Dig into some archaeological fun

There's also plenty going on at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure! Kids can grab a trowel and get stuck into replica trenches (with synthetic soil so you won't get dirty!), exploring finds from 2000 years of York's history. Adults can enjoy some archaeological fun too. The last tour of every day in term time is reserved for our adult-only tour - giving you the chance to chat with our archaeologists and dig deeper into the stories of York's archaeology. Book now.

Promotional blog written by The JORVIK Group

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