Flooding at JORVIK Viking Centre

Flooding at JORVIK Viking Centre


The severe flooding in York has caused a major flood at JORVIK Viking Centre

The visitor attraction is located in a basement below the Coppergate Shopping Centre. The world-famous ride around a recreation of the Viking-age street of Coppergate, is under around 50cm of water.

“When we first became aware of water leaking into the attraction, we immediately transported all of the historic artefacts within JORVIK up to the first floor, and they have now been moved off-site to a safe location. However, around half of the attraction is currently submerged, with water under the raised floor upon which the remainder sits,” comments Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions for York Archaeological Trust. “We  are devastated by the scale of the water incursion in what, until now had been a watertight basement.”

The team at York Archaeological Trust, owners of the JORVIK Viking Centre, is already implementing plans to get the water pumped out and repairs complete as soon as possible.

The other attractions owned and managed by The JORVIK Group in York remain open to the public during this period and plans are still under way for the 32nd JORVIK Viking Festival in February.

The centre will remain closed until further notice. Keep up to date with the latest developments on Twitter & Facebook.

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*JORVIK Viking Centre is owned by York Archaeological Trust, a registered charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (SCO42846)


If you have any pre-booked tickets for JORVIK Viking Centre please contact us on 01904 615505 or email groups@yorkat.co.uk

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