The Jorvik Group - DIG: An Archaeological Adventure York
St Saviour's Church,, St Saviourgate,, YO1 8NN
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following facilities are available at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure;
• 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