York Museum closed by floods

Jorvik could be closed for a year.


York’s Viking museum attraction could be closed for up to a year because of flood damage.

The 30 year old Jorvik Viking Centre was under half a metre of water as the River Foss breached the city’s flood barriers. Damage is estimated to run into millions of pounds. 

Staff worked to ensure that the museum’s historic artefacts were saved and have been taken to other buildings.  Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for York Archaeological Trust, which owns the Jorvik site, said that it could be many months before the attraction was re-opened. 

The Jorvik is located in a basement below a shopping centre and includes a world-famous ride around a recreation of the Viking-age street of Coppergate. Other attractions owned and managed by the JORVIK Group remain open to the public and plans are still underway for the 32nd Viking Festival in February. 

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