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DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

Location: St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
01904 615505 Call Us
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About Us

DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist! Owned by the same archaeologists who discovered the Viking-age City and created JORVIK Viking Centre, this is a one of a kind experience! So… DIG IT! SHAKE IT! SEE IT! FEEL IT! FIND IT!

“One of the best family days out. No other experience gets you as close to the excitement of archaeological discovery.” The One Show’s Dan Snow.

At DIG, you get to discover only the most exciting archaeological artefacts from the 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York. Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived in these times.

Pre-booking your visit online, or by calling 01904 615505 is advisable.

Please visit our website for information on accessibility.

Ancient Dust Busters (new exhibition)

Have you ever heard of dental calculus? This exhibition delves into the research methods used by scientists to find out more about people who lived thousands of years ago. Discover what the residents of Roman York, Italy and Tunisia ate - and what they were doing in their spare time - by what they had stuck in their teeth!

DIG Deeper

DIG deeper into the stories of York’s archaeology with adult-only tours, running every afternoon in term time.

Educational visits

We are delighted to offer Covid-19 secure school visits, which comply with all of the requirements of the We're Good To Go certification so that educational groups can continue to enjoy hands-on archaeology. This includes offering exclusive use of the DIG building for your visit to maintain 'bubbles'. Contact our Reservations department directly by phone (01904 615505) or email for details.

If you want an interactive archaeological experience but are unable to visit at the moment, we have created a Virtual Outreach programme which brings archaeologists into your classroom using virtual meeting technology. For more details, click here.

Opening Times

Please check our website for up-to-date opening times:

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