The site is actually based on an excavation site that unearthed evidence of an active Viking past. In 1979 archaeologists began digging on the site of an old sweet factory and discovered the remains of 10th century Viking-age buildings that were surrounded by earth of a similar consistency found in a peat bog. These damp conditions helped preserve everyday Viking items such as wood, leather, cloth, bugs and even a Viking toilet and its contents. In total, an incredible 40,000 objects were uncovered by excavating 36,000 layers and sieving 8 tonnes of soil.
Vistors are taken on a ride through a replica of the Viking streets, coming face with the men, women and children that made up this thriving Viking community, with all the authentic sights, sounds and SMELLS that made them real. In the exhibition Artefacts Alive, watch out for the four Viking ghosts! You can see coins being made and examine Viking bones to discover what they ate and how they died. There is also a gift shop.
The attraction is open from 10.00am til 5.00pm (4.00pm Winter) seven-days a week all year round. Family tickets start at around the £20.00 mark.
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