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Grimes Graves

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Thetford IP26 5DE, England
+44 1842 810656
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Unbelievable

Unbelievable to try to imagine the scale of flint-mining with such primitive tools. Small but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
propmill
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milton keynes
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A Hole lot of fun and education

We've been meaning to visit for a while and I'm glad we did. An educational oasis in a last open... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Spencer B
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Grimes Graves is an English Heritage site with 433 Neolithic flint mines - one of which has been excavated and is open to the public. A fantastic opportunity to experience real history from 4600 years ago, and enjoy a truly unique landscape with its lunar-like craters above the in-filled mine-shafts There is a small exhibition centre, with a shop that has coffee facilities and packaged snacks, and there is a 96 acre grassland area of special scientific importance for walking and picnics (dogs, on leads, are welcome). Children are provided with a bag of binoculars, bug-boxes, colouring-pages and pencils to help them enjoy the site The exhibition has wall displays, samples of the tools and materials being excavated and videos that explain the history of the site and flint-knapping A very special geological feature is visable from the site: periglacial striations (which were caused by freezing and thawing the chalk substrate in the last ice-age) have created amazing straight lines of alternating vegetation and were formed over 10,000 years ago Whilst the site is open to everybody, with a small carpark, the mine, which is accessed by a robust 32-step ladder to a depth of over 7 metres has, for health and safety requirements, an age restriction for children who have to be 10, or over. It is also a requirement that a helmet (provided) is worn at all times whilst in the mine-shaft Whether you are an archaeologist with a special interest or a family looking for a unique experience, the team at the site welcome you and encourage you to ask questions and learn about Neolithic-man and the importance of flint as a Stone-age tool The site is open from April to September, everyday from 10.00am until last entry at 5.30pm, and is also open in October but only Wedneday to Sunday from 10.00am, with last entry at 4.30pm
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Thetford IP26 5DE, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable to try to imagine the scale of flint-mining with such primitive tools. Small but informative information centre with friendly, helpful staff. Going down the actual mine and trying to envisage working conditions is quite an experience. For those of the older generation who learned...More

Thank propmill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been meaning to visit for a while and I'm glad we did. An educational oasis in a last open field. The mine was fun to go down and look around, the moor like field provided some nice walks, the information centre was educational and...More

1  Thank Spencer B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The flint mine was very interesting - you need to be OK with ladders. The small visitor centre provided adequate information. However to see the landscape you really needed to be up in a balloon and whilst the "pits" were everywhere one could not really...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place represents one of Britain's oldest mining sites and the name means Quarries of the pagan god Grim, by Anglo-Saxons. The flint itself was formed millions of years ago. A significant value, both practical and ceremonial, was attached to mining and what was mined;...More

1  Thank Nina H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been doing the rounds of English Heritage sites in this area and saw this. Was really interesting and staff as well as information displays were very interesting. We went down the 30 foot hole to see the workings underground. Thankfully head safety hamlets were supplied...More

Thank MartynDyer
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for getting back to us with your comments, and it's great that you got so much from the visit. We are limited with what we can do on the site - it is so protected that we can't even disturb it by putting...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When studying archaeology at university Grimes Graves was one of the key sites we learnt about, so it's been on my 'to visit list for a long time. So pleased we got to visit this site, the staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Going down...More

Thank peachy352
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We love it when we have archaelogists on site - we learn so much more from your interpretations and experience (and challenges to our understanding!). Unfortunately, because the site has so much protection we can't erect any signage but the guide book is pretty good...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been meaning to visit here for ages and glad we did. The mine shaft was very interesting and it is wonderful to walk around the pits - the wildlife and views are wonderful. Nice to have a picnic here on a good day.More

Thank Seahorse412013
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments and, as you suggest, we welcome people to join us just for a picnic - we have a shop that sells a few snacks and ice-creams so it can be a fun-experience even if the little ones can't go down the...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

I had never heard of the site until the day I visited and now I'd highly recommend it! Exploring the mine and really seeing the work was fascinating and speaking to the dedicated staff was an added bonus. Both Rob and Owen really took their...More

Thank Jade S
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed the Mead (and the experience of visiting the site)! We look forward to seeing you again, soon

Reviewed 17 August 2017

It's not often you get the chance to step back thousands of years to a different time and landscape. Others have explained well what is here. Yes it's only a short visit and only a limited amount to view but I guess those in 2000...More

1  Thank Ret40
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for appreciating the value of this wonderful site - it is amazing that it has stayed intact for 4600 years and has created the amazing lunar-like crated landscape. In addition, another incredible feature of the site is the 'patterned ground' when parallel strips...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

I visited this place with my dad the other day after being recommend to go! I had no idea what to expect at all. It's reasonably priced considering the size. Whilst it is small. It's really fascinating! A young lady (a new member of the...More

1  Thank DaftDoughnut
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It's brillinat that you enjoyed the visit so much. Standing at the bottom of the shaft is where Neolithic man was mining 4600 years ago and, if that isn't enough of an historical distance, the flint they were taking to make tools is one million...More

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