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“Dig this!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of DIG

DIG
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$48.33*
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #37 of 199 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Owned by the same archaeologists who discovered the Viking-Age City and created JORVIK Viking Centre. DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist. This is a one of a kind! So... DIG IT! SHAKE IT! SEE IT! FEEL IT! FIND IT! 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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353 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“Dig this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Our party (2 adults and a 12 yo boy) realy enjoyed DIG. It's a well thought through simulation of several real archaelogical digs and their finds from different periods (Roman to Victorian) that have actually taken place in York.

The hour long experience consists of 3 elements: initial briefing, dig zones and a discovery table -the old church where it is based is not massive so when it's busy, this must help with tour timings, but in January it was quiet with no need to book ahead. At peak times, it would be better to phone ahead to book. Our tour group was six people, too many in a group would be cramped.

Our guide was really great - informative but not not dull, just the right level of information delivered in a chatty and digestible way. The dig pits were fun, quite a novel idea to uncover 'finds' though it's probably a one-off experience rather than somewhere you would go back to.

But at a reasonable price, it provides a diverting hour or so, and a great way to take in just how archaeology contributes to our understanding of how people lived in York in days of old.

Well worth a visit.

Visited January 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Really interesting throughout”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Spent a most enjoyable couple of hours here with husband and kids (aged 7 and 10) over Christmas. We booked online as we were concerned it Igot be busy, but this was not the case. It was extremely good value considering that a member of staff spends considerable time showing you around the museum. We were given a tour over about an hour, by a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. There were initially four areas to dig with some interesting artefacts to discover. The only criticism of the whole visit was that despite there being no-one else in the museum, our time in the digging sites was monitored and I felt a little rushed through this part of the tour. After the tour, there were plenty of interesting and interactive displays and we spent a further hour in the museum. Once it was time to leave, it was not obligatory to pass through the gift shop as it is in many other similar attractions. We did visit the shop, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the kids had plenty of choice with the small amount of pocket money they had brought. Well recommended.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Very good introduction to archeology in York”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

I didn't really know what to expect when we visited dig, thinking it was some boring archeological exhibition, but it was completely the opposite!
The visit was highly interesting and interactive with you having to dig in various simulated archeological sites in the exhibition to uncover the various artefacts which might give you a picture of what life was like for the people in the past, from the victorian to the Romans the the Vikings and beyond.
There are also other stations in which you try to identify relics, bones, leather etc. as well as more in depth explanations on the history of York.
My children enjoyed the exhibit tremendously and I would say, so did I! Definitely worth a visit!

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

I am not a big fan of Jorvik but DIG is a more tactile hands-on experience which our kids (10 and 12years old) both enjoyed. If you are vaguely interested in archaeology it is a great place to go and a good introductory experience for kids, if you are not interested don't go!

Visited June 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Sooo Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

This is real "Time Team: stuff. Roman remains everywhere and teh staff are so good at explaining and getting you involved. Best in Spring and Summer when its warm.

Visited June 2012
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