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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

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.
Pottery in Archaeology: How and Why Did it Change Over Time?

Pottery in Archaeology: How and Why Did it Change Over Time?

  • 7 June 2016 2-4pm

York Archaeological Trust’s pottery expert, Anne Jenner, will lead you through an illustrated talk on pottery found in York.
With opportunities to handle some excavated examples and have your own pottery finds identified at the end of the session.





Burials at St Benet’s

Burials at St Benet’s

  • 15 June 2016 7-8:30pm

Hear about the excavations of the Swinegate area of York and the new discoveries that continue to be made.

In 2015 Arts Council England funded new research into York Archaeological Trust excavations of the Swinegate area of York in the 1980s and 90s. A number of exceptional artefacts were found including a collection of wooden coffins and covers with human remains dated from the late 9th- to early 11th-century. Hear from YAT Field Officer Jane McComish and Conservator Steve Allen about the background to this fascinating dig and the new discoveries that continue to be made.





The site is located in the grounds of one of York’s finest medieval churches

Archaeology Live! Open Day

  • 16 July 2016 12-4pm

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of one of the most significant excavations currently taking place within the walls.

The site is located in the grounds of one of York’s finest medieval churches; with a 19th century burial ground, a post-medieval rectory and evidence of occupation in the Middle Ages and earlier. Archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust will guide you around the site and show you all of the latest finds.

This is your chance to see behind the scenes of an archaeological excavation and to learn about the countless stories and amazing finds that have been unearthed from this small corner of historic York.

Plus, the church will be holding a medieval mass, where you can experience a service that would have been central to the lives of the medieval people of York, almost exactly as they would have seen, heard and even smelled it!

The trench will be open between midday and 4pm and people of all ages are welcome.
The summer excavation will be in full swing at this point and who knows what we will be finding!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


All Saints Church
North Street



St Saviour's Church
St. Saviourgate
North Yorkshire






01904 615505

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