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.
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