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“An interactive, educational experience”
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #35 of 209 things to do in York
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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.
Reviewed February 23, 2013

I wouldn't have heard the end of it if I hadn't taken my son to visit the Jorvik Dig to...dig! The Dig museum has several static and interactive displays explaining archaeology and the conservation of York's treasures, however the bread and butter is to jump on the interactive tour. Guided by animated and excited staff, you'll get a high level walk-through of the archaeological process. After a brief introduction, you grab a trowel and start digging in one of four "dirt" pits that represent four of York's significant archaeological periods. After the dig, you "take" your finds to a table and try to sort out what's what. The entire time, the guide is moving about, asking you questions to stimulate thought, and providing answers to posed questions.

The overall experience is probably a minimum of two hours. Although you could push a stroller through the entire museum, staff prefers you do not use a stroller on the tour and provides parking space for you wheels. That's fine, give the baby a trowel and let them dig too. Kids and adults seemed to have had a blast at this site.

2  Thank christopher_brown
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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Very small, pretty much everything is for children.
Very disappointed, it's tiny, can go round it all in 15 minutes.
Could be so much better if they really catered for grown ups.
Wouldn't go back

Thank Gillianjstewart
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We went here free as part of the York residents festival - so you can't complain! The huge attraction is the amazing staff, who are archaeologists and know exactly how to engage with children. Kids love it. as adults it was good, but I have to be honest and say I wouldn't want to pay more than a few pounds entry. it is 1 to 2 hours entertainment. If you are interested in York history I imagine would find this place really fab.

Thank Beartravels2003
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Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

Interactive experience, with a personal guide and free return for a year! The best part? £5 for student antry! This is the best value I have ever experienced, cannot wait to return as there is pleanty more to see as we only went near closing time!

1  Thank madziee
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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.

2  Thank LiztheWhizz
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