The Jorvik Group - DIG: An Archaeological Adventure York

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

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.

Listed under: Geography | History | Science | Day Trip Destinations | Historic Buildings | Historical Heritage | Museums | Archaeology

What we offer

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.

What makes us a great choice?

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.

Accreditation and Awards

We are an accredited museum and have been awarded the Sandford Award for excellence in education provision.

What is typically included?

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.

Group Sizes Catered 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.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We offer a variety of classroom resources, which are available for download from our website:

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Photography is allowed throughout DIG, however the use of flash is strictly prohibited.

Risk Assessment Details

For any educational enquires please contact our reservations team via schools@yorkat.co.uk or by calling +44(0)1904 615505

Education Officer Information

For any educational enquires please contact our reservations team via schools@yorkat.co.uk or by calling +44(0)1904 615505

Pricing Information

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 https://www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/education/workshops/.

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

Clothing Requirements

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.

First Aid Information

We have qualified first aiders at all of our sites; however we do recommend you have a first aider as part of your group.

Available Facilities

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)

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure is fully accessible to visitors with mobility issues. With lift access and ramps. We also offer accessible toilets.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open every day of the year except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


“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

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