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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


19 July – 25 November 2012
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Part of the London 2012 Festival

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Ticket information

How to book

Advanced booking is strongly recommended

  • Book online now 
  • +44 (0)20 7323 8181
  • Ticket Desk in the Great Court
  • Members go free and enjoy fast track entry. No booking required

Ticket prices

  • Members free 
  • Adult, £14
  • Child under 16, Free

    Accompanied by paying adult

  • Groups, £11 

    Telephone booking only, Monday–Friday (minimum 8 people)

  • Senior, £14

    Special £7 ticket between 12.00 and 16.30 Mondays, telephone bookings and walk-up only

  • 16–18 years, £12
  • Student, £12

    2 for 1 tickets for students Monday-Friday from 14.30, telephone bookings and walk-up only

  • Unemployed person, £12
  • Disabled person, £12
  • Disabled person's assistant, Free
  • National Art Pass, £7

Please note, booking fees apply when booking tickets online (£1 per ticket) and by telephone (£2 per ticket)