Children digging at DIG - York's Archaeological Adventure
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DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!

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.

Kids can dig down deep (in our synthetic, no mess soil) to discover artefacts 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Open Daily 10:00-16:00 (Last Tour)

Admission charges

Entry prices: £6.50 for adults / £6.00 for concessions / £6.00 children / £20.00 Family of 4 / £22.50 Family x 5 / Under 5s FREE.


  • English Heritage

Collection details

Archaeology, Social History

St Saviour's Church
St. Saviourgate
North Yorkshire






01904 615505

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Related teaching activities

Key stage 2 geography, 1 lesson

Geographical enquiry and skills

Using images and photographs, describe what kind of things you would expect to find if you were excavating a Roman street.

Key stage 2 geography, 1 lesson

Geographical enquiry and skills

Imagine you are an archaeologist in 100 years’ time and excavating the local area where you live. Write a newspaper article describing a 21st-century town or village.

Key stage 2 or 3 English, 1-2 lessons

En2 Reading and En3 writing

DIG archaeological adventure allows you to become an archaeological detective. Read a detective story, for example you could look at Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, Rankin, Poirot or Edgar Allan Poe. Find out the 'ingredients' of a detective story and then turn your DIG experience into a detective story using these ingredients.

Key stage 3 history, 1-2 lessons

1.1 Chronological understanding

Draw a timeline to show the development of 2,000 years of the history of York from Roman times to today.

Key stage 3 maths, 1 lesson

3.2 Geometry and measures

Make a list of the shapes and patterns on the façades of buildings in Roman times and compare them with those found today.