Giant axe heralds the return of York’s Vikings

York’s Jorvik Viking Centre has created a huge axe to promote its re-opening date of April 8, 2017.

The visitor attraction was closed in December 2015 following the floods which hit York.

The giant axe, which appears to be buried into the pavement, made its first appearance on Friday in Stonegate, but will be moving around the city throughout the October half-term break.

Team ODIN (Official Detectives Investigating Norse) will be sharing details of when the Vikings are expected to repopulate the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for York Archaeological Trust, said: “The closure of Jorvik Viking Centre following the 2015 floods made international news, and we’ve had a constant stream of enquiries ever since asking when people will be able to visit again.”

Characters on the attraction’s ride through Viking-age Coppergate will be animatronics rather than static and the content will integrate the most up-to-date archaeological discoveries about life in 10th century York.