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“Better than Jorvik but still just a way to pass an hour”
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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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.
Cradley Heath, United Kingdom
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“Better than Jorvik but still just a way to pass an hour”
Reviewed August 30, 2010

Used Tesco vouches again and came directly from a disappointing visit to Jorvik which was over much too quickly. The tour starts with a guide discussing archeology with the kids then pick up a plastic spade to the indoor dig site. The first room is very dusty and muddy and I bet most people think there headed outside to dig in real earth. Infact is just gravel hiding staged artefacts but the kids did have fun out of the dig ages 3,7, 8. The dig is followed by some hands on with real finds of bones, ceremanic etc and a fossilied poo which kids found funny. A small musem to wander around with a kids search and find quiz which leads you outside to a viking display which we passed on due to the cold. We spent a little over an hour in here.

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Margate, United Kingdom
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“Having recently been able to sift for...”
Reviewed August 5, 2010

Having recently been able to sift for real 'treasures' in the real soil at Stratford upon Avon, this came as somewhat of a disappointment to all but our 7 year old. The dig is more like a kids' sandpit, and they are provided with plastic trowels too. This is really like a CBeebies version of archaology. Some of the displays were interesting, but nothing to really impress us.

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“Kids will learn much more here than in Jorvik”
Reviewed June 2, 2010

We visited DIG, 2 adults and 3 kids, aged 15, 11 and 4 straight after Jorvik. I think the kids enjoyed it 10 times more - and yet it cost so much less !

We actually used Tesco Clubcard vouchers, but the family ticket would be £18.50 (under 5's free) and the kids had a full hour of escorted fun filled education about the various periods in York's history.

The tours run about every half an hour (there were 3 families in our group) and you start with a classroom style Q&A about archeaology followed by some proper "digging" in 4 pits (no dirt so don't worry about getting mucky) where the kids, armed with trowels, try to find various artefacts. All of this is done with the guides providing useful background information about life in Roman, Viking, Victorian and Anglo Saxon York. The tour finishes with a session looking at real bones and other samples dug from beneath the city.

There are also various video and poster displays to read after the tour.

For children from 4 to early teens this is a really good way to spend an hour or two - fun and educational - and in the dry !

Thank BrummieWelsh
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“Visited as we had done all the usual...”
Reviewed May 25, 2010

Visited as we had done all the usual museums. Very unique and very enjoyable; the kids loved it

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