Tuesday Tip: Visiting the Vikings

The viking age comes alive through the sights, sounds, and, yes, smells at Jorvik Viking Centre in York, England.

Celebrating its 30th year, Jorvik brings 10th-century village living to life through animatronics, reconstructions, and ancient artifacts.

See real objects from York’s viking past and learn about the decades-long archaeological dig that rediscovered these relics.

Then, hop in a “time machine” for a ride through a reconstructed viking village. Your specially designed capsule will enable you to feel the smoke from furnaces and hear the chatter of villagers. Brace yourself as you pass the fish merchant; a blast of air brings the fumes of his catch directly to your stunned nostrils.

(If you’re very lucky, you’ll even be able to pick up a scratch-and-sniff postcard in the gift shop to share these pungent odors with friends, family, and the mail of innocent bystanders!)

The experience is hilarious, and wonderful, and everything a museum should be. I guarantee you will not forget about York’s viking past after smelling those ancient invaders.

Jorvik is located within the Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and is open year round with special holiday hours. Adult tickets are £9.95; advanced booking is recommended for larger groups.

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