DIG: An Archaeological Adventure | Day Out With The Kids

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DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure is a unique hands-on experience that will allow your little explorers to truly feel the thrill of archaeological discovery. There are four special in-door excavation pits for trainee “diggers” to search through, in order to find exciting replica artefacts from all four major periods in York’s history.  

After a training in the Briefing Hut, your budding archaeologists, armed with a trowel, will have to dig deep into the pits to uncover Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds. Don’t worry about the kids getting messy! There’s no real soil in the DIG; it’s all synthetic, so there won’t be any actual mess for you to clean.  

DIG is also a great learning opportunity. Thanks to the archaeologists on-hand, even the most curious members of your family will have their questions answered. Plus, you’ll get to touch actual finds from previous YAT digs, including pottery, bone and even antlers. Each DIG tour has limited capacity, so make sure you book in advance to secure your place.  

  • Unique, hands-on archaeological experience
  • Great opportunity to learn about history
  • Chance to touch real artefacts
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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
On New Year’s Eve the last tour at DIG will be at 14:00 and on New Year’s Day the first tour at DIG will be at 11:00.

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults: £7.00
Kids (3-16): £6.50
Concessions: £6.50
Family of 4: £22.00
Family of 5: £25.00

Travel & Contact Information


St Saviours Church, St Saviourgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8NN, England

Phone number

01904 615505



Click here to visit DIG: An Archaeological Adventure's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

There is on standard accessible toilet and baby changing unit located past the admissions desk towards the back of the building. It is on accessible with a Radar key, however the admissions staff can give you access to it. 

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, DIG: An Archaeological Adventure is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

The admissions area has a stone floor so it is not a perfectly smooth surface. 

Yes, DIG: An Archaeological Adventure have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

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