St Saviour's Church
St. Saviourgate
North Yorkshire






01904 615505

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At DIG! you will become an Archaeological Detective, and find out for yourself what York was really like through the ages, from Roman times to the present day.

You will get the chance to excavate objects from the streets of York and then decide what they are, what they are made from, and why they got there.

On your journey as an Archaeological Detective you will find out about the work of the many different types of Archaeologists, including field archaeologists, researches, curators, and conservators.

You will also have the chance to meet real archaeologists and talk to them about their work, see and handle artefacts from York and view recent exciting discoveries.

It's all about having a go, finding out, and making your own mind up about what happened in the past, so what are you waiting for... GO AND DIG!!!!!

Venue Type:

Museum, Archaeological site

Opening hours

To ensure that every visitor can enjoy all that DIG has to offer, it will be necessary to limit the number of people into the attraction at one time. All visitors are advised to book their visit by calling into either DIG or JORVIK or alternatively calling our pre-booking line on 01904 615505.

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

CLOSED: 24/ 25/ 26 December
Reduced Opening Hours: 31 December 10:00-14:00 (Last Tour) /1 January 11:00-16:00 (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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Looking Back at Hungate

Looking Back at Hungate

  • 14 April 2012 — 30 April 2015 *on now

Visit DIG for a unique opportunity to see some of its archaeological treasures displayed together for the first time. From Roman grave goods and Viking craftsmanship, through to medieval life and Victorian industry, this innovative new exhibition uses artefacts to tell the story of a changing city landscape.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




Adult £5.50, Child (5-16) £5.00, Senior/Student £5.00, Family 4 (2 adults + 2 children) £18.50, Family 5 (2 adults + 3 children) £19.60, Children under 5 FREE.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Winter Camp of the Viking Great Army

  • 17 February 2015 7-9pm

The Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture with Professor Julian D Richards.

A brief entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for 872-3 AD records that the Viking Great Army took winter quarters at Turc’s Island, generally thought to be Torksey, in Lincolnshire.

Until recently, however, we had no idea where the winter camp was. Now, over 2000 finds recovered by metal-detectorists have allowed us to identify its location.

A new archaeological project led by the Universities of York and Sheffield, in collaboration with the York Museums Trust, is investigating the site, studying the reasons for its location, its nature and extent, and the activities carried out. The site at Torksey also allows us to examine the longer term impact of the Army and what happened when they left, as Torksey developed into a Saxon town, with a mint and a major pottery industry.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£6.00 (£5.00 Friends of YAT)



Viking Warrior Challenge for Children

  • 17 February 2015

Test your strength and dexterity with a series of Viking themed games and challenges – the overall winner at the end of the week will receive a prize pack of goodies!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Normal admission charges apply.



Norse Tablet Weaving Workshop (Beginners Class)

  • 19 February 2015 2-5pm

Expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum will introduce this new workshop for 2015.

A great opportunity for complete beginners interested in trying the traditional decorative craft used to adorn Viking clothing.

All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£10.00 per person.



Norse Nålebinding Workshop (Beginners Class)

  • 19 February 2015 10am-1pm

A fantastic opportunity to come and learn from expert Mari Wickets of Gothenburg Museum, how to produce your own Viking hats and socks using the traditional Norse nålebinding method – knitting with one needle.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£10.00 per person.



Viking Film Night: Holmganga & The 13th Warrior

  • 20 February 2015 7:30-10:30pm

First up award-winning local production company Glass Cannon will be introducing their short film ‘Holmganga’. Shot entirely in Old Norse, it is a tale of honour, violence and a son’s love for his father in the 10th Century.

This will be followed by the cult feature film ‘The 13th Warrior’ the tale of a traveller from distant lands who, after stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat.


£5.00 per person



Norse Nålebinding Workshop (Advanced & Masterclass)

  • 20 February 2015 10am-1pm

A fantastic opportunity to come and learn from expert Mari Wickets of Gothenburg Museum, how to produce your own Viking hats and socks using the traditional Norse nålebinding method – knitting with one needle.

This session is for advanced nålebinders or those looking for a masterclass. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee.


£10.00 per person