Besides the aforementioned Jorvik museum, an enjoyable way to discover more about Vikings’ place in York’s evolution is on The Original Viking Walk. This comfortable meander around town with enthralling guide Sigwulf will not only delve into gruesome tales and fascinating facts, it also points out places of historic interest, buildings, architecture, activities and streets, bringing a new understanding of the Viking impact on the city that is remembered long after. As you go on to view the landscape through newly informed eyes, opportunities arise to follow in Viking footsteps.
These will take you down familiar streets of York whose names you’ll now know originate from this era. Goodramgate, for example, takes its moniker from Viking leader Gurthram, and Coppergate, home to Jorvik and some incredible archaeological discoveries, refers to the important trade of joinery; the regularly used ‘gate’ ending simply means ‘street’. On these, there are several old pubs in which you can raise a toast to these days gone by, such as The Snickleway Inn and The Three Tuns respectively.
Indeed, drinking alcohol is something that the Vikings of the 9th century and the visitors of the 21st century have in common. Their main beverages of choice were beer and mead, and there remains no shortage of the former throughout the city. As well as many magnificent ale houses, York also has breweries that have used Viking influences in their creations.
Rudgate Brewery is so called after the old road that led the Vikings along the vale to defeat the Romans, and themes its brews such as Jorvik, Viking and Battle Axe around it. Brew York have collaborated with Anarchy Brew Co. to make Space Viking, and produce their own Viking DNA, which can be supped at the terrific taproom.