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DigVentures’ Second Best Exotic Archaeology Hotel

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DigVentures is now able to offer affordable, hostel-style accommodation on Lindisfarne for anyone taking part in the dig. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, and everyone staying at the Second Best Exotic Archaeology Hotel is an archaeologist!

We will be using the Holy Island SVP Camp bunk house for the duration of the dig. The bunk house is located in the centre of Holy Island Village, adjacent to the DV team dig house and conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the dig site!

The bunk house is for the exclusive use of our team, and for people who are booked onto the dig (Dig Team, Finds Team, DigCamp or DigClub). It is cheap, it is cheerful, and it is very, very convenient!

Please note: This is NOT serviced accommodation – all guests are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and keeping food prep areas tidy.

The bunk house will be locked at all times, but if you have any items that need to be stored securely (e.g., passports) this can be arranged on arrival with the DV team. Please note this will still be at your own risk and DV assumes no responsibility if items are lost, damaged or stolen.


The bunk house has plenty of common space including a dining room and games room – so you can hang out with your fellow Venturers in the evenings (if you don’t fancy the pub).

Food preparation

There are plenty of plates and cutlery, plus a kettle, toaster, toastie machine, microwave, chiller, freezer and fridge – but there is NO OVEN OR HOB. Some small-scale cooking may be possible in the DV dig house, by arrangement with the team on arrival, but this will be utterly dependent on availability and priority will be given to people with dietary issues. Please plan to rely on the toaster, toastie machine and microwave, eat out, or get takeaways from one of the lovely pubs.

Beds and bedding

  • Beds will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis
  • The rooms on offer are shared bunk rooms and will be separated by gender
  • You must bring your own bedding, toiletries and towels (pillows are available if needed)

Other facilities

There are several toilets/shower rooms with stalls available


By booking a bed in the bunk house, you are agreeing to abide by the rules set out in the DV Accommodation Agreement. In short they are: no drugs, no noise that keeps anyone awake, no mess. You will be given a full version to read and sign at check-in.

In order to maintain a safe and pleasant environment for our participants, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy for violations of the agreement

If you have any special requirements, such as wanting to book a room to share with just your family, making a group booking, or requiring access to a plug socket for medical equipment, or have any further questions about the accommodation, please email us directly to discuss.

Where is it?

How long can I stay?

You are welcome to arrive the night before your dig experience begins, and can stay for as long as you are booked onto the dig for. Simple!

What are the rules?

This is not just any bunk house. This is a DigVentures bunk house, and that means you need to TREAT IT LIKE A VERY CLASSY ESTABLISHMENT.

By booking a bed at the DigVentures Second Best Exotic Archaeology Hotel, you are agreeing to our terms of behaviour, and accept that you will be ejected from the establishment if you violate them.

The short version: No drugs, no noise that keeps anyone awake, no mess (i.e., don’t be a baby; remember to clean up after yourself straight away).

The full version: You will be given a full version to read and sign at check-in.

When can I check-in?

You can check-in at the bunk house on the evening of your arrival between 6:30 – 7:30pm.

If you are arriving on the day that your dig experience begins, please come straight to the Crossman Hall for your Archaeology Morning Briefing, where you can keep your bags until you are able to check-in.

I want to book for me and my children. Can we get a private room?

This is a totally understandable question, and we will ensure that children under 16 are with their parent or guardian.

If you would like to book a room all to yourselves, please email to check availability first.

I am trying to book multiple beds, but for different rooms. How do I do this?

If you are booking multiple beds, but each have different room preferences, just make your booking, and then email us with your specific requirements and we’ll update your reservation.

E.g., I booked 3 beds for 3 nights. Please put Lindsey in the mixed dorm, Rea in the women’s dorm, and Bob in the male dorm.

By booking a place at the DigVentures’ Second Best Exotic Archaeology Hotel (a.k.a SVP Camp bunk house), you are agreeing to abide by our terms of behaviour. If you break them, you will be turfed out. No ifs, no buts.

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DigVentures’ Second Best Exotic Archaeology Hotel




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