Jorvik Viking Centre
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Lonely Planet review
Interactive multimedia exhibits aimed at bringing history to life often achieve exactly the opposite, but the much-hyped Jorvik – after the minster, the most-visited attraction in town – manages to pull it off with aplomb. It's a smells-and-all reconstruction of the Viking settlement unearthed here during excavations in the late 1970s, brought to you courtesy of a 'time-car' monorail that transports you through 9th-century Jorvik.
While some of the 'you will now travel back in time' malarkey is a bit naff, it's all done with a sense of humour tied to historical authenticity that will give you a pretty good idea of what life must have been like in Viking-era York. In the exhibition at the end of the monorail, look out for the Lloyds Bank Turd , a fossilised human stool that measures an eye-watering nine inches long and half a pound in weight, and must be the only excrement in the world to have its own Wikipedia entry.
You can reduce time waiting in the queue by booking your tickets online and choosing the time you want to visit (it costs £1 extra).