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Celebrate York's rich Norse heritage

Running every year since 1984, JORVIK Viking Festival is one of the largest family-friendly Viking festivals in the world. With living history encampments, talks, tours, family events, evening entertainment and dramatic combat performances, come along to be immersed in the fascinating Norse heritage of the beautiful historic city of York.


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JORVIK Viking Festival 2021

You’ll appreciate that the changing scenarios with safety and social distancing are making planning for 2021 trickier than normal, but we are committed to keeping Vikings at the front of everyone’s mind over the February half term.

We will be making an announcement about our plans for 2021 in late October, so please keep up to date via our newsletter and social media.


At JORVIK Viking Festival, some events have a fee and are ticketed, and some are free and unticketed.

We do not sell a general ticket for the Festival. Instead, we sell tickets separately for each ticketed event. There is no need to pre-book for free events, or when an event is included within standard admission to one of our venues. You can find out details about each event, including date, time and price, on the event listing.

Several events usually sell out in advance (the Battle Spectacular, Banquet and some other events are already sold out) so we recommend pre-booking any ticketed events you are interested in.

Please note that tickets for events organised by York Archaeological Trust for JORVIK Viking Festival are only available direct from the JORVIK Viking Festival website, or by calling the JORVIK Reservations team.  We do not sell tickets to these events through third parties.

So long as an event goes ahead as planned, we do not offer refunds for Festival events.



We are thrilled to announce that JORVIK Viking Festival 2019 was been awarded Best Festival for Kids by Little Vikings, an award voted for by the public!

JORVIK Viking best festival for kids

JORVIK Viking Festival has also been shortlisted for Event of the Year in the Visit York Tourism Awards 2020.

Experience Past Festivals

To whet your appetite for all things Viking be sure to check out our JORVIK Viking Festival galleries and discover the fun had at previous events. You can also discover each of our previous themes on our history pages.

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