Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: DIG, St Saviour's Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN

Contact: 01904 615505



With four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times.

Starting your training in our Briefing Hut you will learn about the world of archaeology & what you will be doing during your DIG adventure.

Once you’re briefed it’s time to visit the DIG pits and start uncovering the past!

This is where the fun really starts! Kids can dig down deep (in our synthetic, no mess soil) to discover artifacts from the four major periods of York’s fascinating history. An archaeologist is on hand to answer your questions on your finds & help you piece together what it would have been like to live in past.

Kids can get hands on with history and actually touch finds from previous YAT digs, including pottery, bone and even antlers! You will discover what these artefacts tell us about the lives of people who used them.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
At DIG, learners can take part in an excavation and discover real artefacts. This exploration reveals the history of York, through Roman, Medieval, Viking and Victorian times. Learning at DIG is designed to be hands-on and evidence- based, with full use made of the site’s excellent collection. DIG is approximately five minutes’ walk from the JORVIK Viking Centre.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We are an accredited museum and have been awarded the Sandford Award for excellence in education provision.

What does a typical educational visit include?
A visit to DIG comprises of a one hour guided tour. During this time you will be given two talks by our interactive staff and time to explore our simulated archaeological digging experience, where you and your class can explore four periods of York’s history.

What group sizes do you cater for?
DIG: An Archaeological Adventure can accommodate groups between 15-35 people, including teachers/leaders. Larger groups can be split down into multiple time-slots.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We offer a variety of classroom resources, which are available for download from our website:

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Photography is allowed throughout DIG, however the use of flash is strictly prohibited.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
For any educational enquires please contact our reservations team via or by calling +44(0)1904 615505

Does your venue have an education officer?
For any educational enquires please contact our reservations team via or by calling +44(0)1904 615505

What is the cost of the visit?
Educational visits to DIG: An Archaeological Adventure cost £3.50 per child with a free teacher/leader for every six children. Additional teachers, above the 1:6 ratio cost £3.80 each.

If you want to visit another one of our attractions as part of your visit, for example JORVIK Viking Centre, joint visits cost £6.50 per child with a free teacher/leader for every six children. Additional teachers, above the 1:6 ratio cost £7.50 each.

Minimum group size is 15 people, including teachers/leaders.

We also offer educational workshops, in a variety of topics. These cost an additional £2.00 per child, or £1.50 if part of a multi attraction booking. For more information please visit

Prices correct at time of writing, please contact our reservations team for our latest prices.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No specific clothing is required for your visit. Apart from travel time between the city’s coach parks and our other attractions, your visit is all indoors.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
We have qualified first aiders at all of our sites; however we do recommend you have a first aider as part of your group.

Please list facilities available.
The following facilities are available at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure;
• Shop
• Toilets (including accessible facilities)
• Changing Facilities
• Dining area (needs to be reserved at time of booking)

What are your disabled facilities?
DIG: An Archaeological Adventure is fully accessible to visitors with mobility issues. With lift access and ramps. We also offer accessible toilets.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open every day of the year except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“DIG is an impressive and rare kind of educational facility. It offers an experience of archaeology in a way that truly engages and inspires children. Its educational sessions deliver an experience not only of local heritage but nationally important historical events.” – Donald Henson, Sandford Award Judge

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: Geography History Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December