Viking Sites and Viking Ruins

If you’re looking to explore Viking sites and Viking ruins and want to find the best places to view Viking Period history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

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Viking Period: Site Index

Chateau de Pirou

One of the oldest Norman castles in existence, the Chateau de Pirou is picturesque, small and yet well-fortified.

The picturesque Chateau de Pirou in Normandy is one of the oldest Norman castles in existence and is now a popular attraction. The site has been occupied since the 9th century, although at that time it was a wooden construction and was updated to stone in the 12th century. It was... Read More

Fyrkat

Fyrkat in Denmark is an archaeological site housing the remains of a Viking settlement.

Fyrkat is an archaeological site made up of nine reconstructed Viking houses and a ringfort as well as a Viking cemetery. It is thought that the fort at Fyrkat was established during the reign of Harald I Bluetooth in around 980 AD. There are also exhibitions about the history of the... Read More

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Gamla Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala is an ancient Swedish burial site which includes at least 300 ancient graves, most notably the three large burials known as The Royal Mounds.

Gamla Uppsala, also called Uppsala Högar, is a famous ancient burial site in Sweden which includes hundreds of ancient graves, most notably the three large burials known as The Royal Mounds. With its roots stretching far back in time, much of the history of Gamla Uppsala is unclear and mingles into... Read More

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Jelling

Jelling in Denmark is an important Viking site and was the home of Gorm the Old. It is a UNESCO site.

Jelling is an impressive and significant archaeological Viking site in Denmark containing a series of important tenth century finds. Originally the royal home of the Gorm the Old, Jelling remains a vital part of Denmark’s history, particularly as this Viking king was the first of the royal line which still rules... Read More

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Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre recreates the Viking city of Jorvik, based on excavations found on this site in York.

The Jorvik Viking Centre is an historical visitor attraction in York displaying a reconstruction of a Viking city as it would have looked in approximately 975 AD. In fact, between 1979 and 1981, archaeologists found around 40,000 well-preserved Viking items and the remains of their city on the site on... Read More

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L’Anse aux Meadows

L’Anse aux Meadows is the only-known site of Viking settlement and the earliest European settlement in North America.

L’Anse aux Meadows is the only-known site of Viking settlement in North America, these also being the earliest European visitors to the region. It’s worth mentioning that, before the Norse settlement here, the area of L’Anse aux Meadows had been occupied since prehistoric times, but it is the arrival... Read More

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Lindholm Hoje

Lindholm Hoje is the biggest Viking and Iron Age burial site in Denmark.

Lindholm Hoje (Lindholm Hills) is a large archaeological site housing Denmark’s most impressive Viking and Germanic Iron Age graveyard. With over 700 graves of various shapes and sizes found in 1952, Lindholm Hoje offers a fascinating insight into burial customs of the time. Guided tours can be arranged in advance. Lindholm Hoje... Read More

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Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory, on the mystical Holy Island, is the dramatic ruin of a eleventh century Benedictine monastery and a place of pilgrimage.

An important Christian site, Lindisfarne Priory was a Benedictine monastery built in the eleventh century which, even today, remains a place of pilgrimage. Its location on what is known as the Holy Island adds to the mysticism and sheer serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, particularly as this picturesque island is only... Read More

Moesgard Museum

The Moesgard Museum is an archaeological museum near Arhus in Denmark.

The Moesgard Museum near Arhus in Denmark is a museum of archaeology, with a diverse set of displays. Amongst its impressive collection, the Moesgard Museum houses the Grauballe Man, which is the incredibly well-preserved mummy of a prehistoric man believed to have lived around 2,000 years ago. The body was found... Read More

National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum of Denmark contains an impressive range of exhibits about the country’s history and culture.

The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) contains a range of exhibits about the country’s history and culture. There are eight main themes within the National Museum of Denmark from prehistory to present day. Going through the museum, visitors can learn about everything from the Vikings and other early Danish inhabitants... Read More

Swedish History Museum

The Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm has pieces ranging from the Stone Age to medieval times.

The Swedish History Museum (Historiska Museet) in Stockholm offers a comprehensive series of exhibitions for the period spanning from the Stone Age to the Medieval period. From prehistoric artifacts to Viking displays and beyond, the Swedish History Museum offers an insight into ten thousand years of history. One of the most striking... Read More

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The Braaid

The Braaid on the Isle of Man contains the remains of a Celtic stone-built roundhouse and two Viking longhouses, though little remains to be seen today.

The Braaid, or Braaid Viking Farmstead, is an historic site on the Isle of Man containing the remains of a Celtic and Viking farm settlement. Believed to have originally consisted of a 1st-3rd centuries AD Celtic stone-built roundhouse, the Vikings added at least two other buildings to the site during their... Read More

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The Settlement Exhibition

The Settlement Exhibition displays the remains of Iceland’s first known Viking settlement in its original setting.

The Settlement Exhibition displays the remains of Iceland’s first known Viking settlement set in its original location in Reykjavik. Visitors to the Settlement Exhibition can see an array of artefacts excavated at the site as well as the stone foundations of a Viking Longhouse. The site of the Settlement Exhibition... Read More

The Viking Fortress Trelleborg

Trelleborg in Denmark is a collection of Viking fortresses dating back to the tenth century.

Trelleborg is located in Northwest Zealand, Denmark. Established by Harald I a famous Viking king also known as Bluetooth. The Viking fortress at Trelleborg is one of the best preserved of four circular fortresses in Denmark. The collection of circular fortresses in Denmark is believed to date back to the tenth... Read More

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The Viking Museum at Ladby

The Viking Museum at Ladby displays a tenth century Viking burial ship.

The Viking Museum at Ladby houses the Ladby Burial Ship, a Viking ship grave found there in 1935. Dating back to around 925 AD, it is believed that the ship is the burial site of a prince or other leader, such as a chieftain. The Ladby Burial Ship was hauled... Read More

The Viking Ship Museum

Vikingeskibsmuseet in Roskilde is a Viking Ship Museum.

The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibsmuseet) is located in Roskilde in Denmark. Displaying five Viking vessels, the Viking Ship Museum offers an incredible insight into the world of the Viking people and their era of between 800 AD and 1100 AD. The ships displayed at the Viking Ship Museum are known as... Read More