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Grimes Graves

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Unique and worth a short visit

Having been down the A11 hundreds of times over the past few years seeing the sign post we had a... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2019
Suffolk_boy2013
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
It's a flint mine...

Fascinating site, lovely landscape, not a huge amount to do there but well worth a visit if you or... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2019
Emma H
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Thetford IP26 5DE, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our second visit. It is interesting though we didn't go down this time. Last time we were here they had a builder's type lift to go down. Now it's just a ladder. To be honest the whole thing could do with a bit...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for the review and disappointed that you didn't have time to descend the mine as we have, at the top of it, a display of replica-tools and stone age materials, and examples of different flint-formations to explain the geology, which, I believe, you would...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This remarkable site documents Neolithic flint mining at an industrial scale by the same culture that constructed Stonehenge. The systematic exploitation of a specific layer of flint reflects a detailed knowledge of geology and best practice mining technology 5000 years ago. The underground tour illustrates...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded today

Robert, many thanks for the super review and for sharing your insights from the visit Flint mining had been taking place for thousands of years, across Europe, and when Neolithic-man came to exploit the flint at Grimes Graves the evidence of the surveying skill and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Children under 10 can’t descend. Dogs welcome in shop to read the history. The shop is a little hut. The shop and shaft are really all that’s there. There is a wooden fenced structure looking thing to shield you from people when you use a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded today

The site is SSSI and, in addition to our wanting to minimise our impact as much as possible, we are constrained in what we are allowed to do - the result is a small hut that does little to affect the magnificence of of the...More

Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

We stopped by, on our way on holiday, and were pleasantly surprised at the large area full of neolithic mines - seen by all the dips. It becomes more understandable once we had paid (less than £10 for both of us) & got to walk...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your reviewed and really pleased that you got so much out of the visit and the team shared their knowledge with you The mine is little cold - but only ever 10 degrees - a constant all year - so a a...More

Reviewed August 5, 2019

Having been down the A11 hundreds of times over the past few years seeing the sign post we had a bit of spare time so popped in for a look. It's a very unique flint mine and if you're into your history then you'll definately...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Suffolk_boy2013
TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for taking the time to give us a review - and for advising people to be aware that they are likely to get chalky-knees looking into the galleries! As you say, where else can you get to descend a Stone Age Mine ....well, in...More

Reviewed July 30, 2019

Fascinating site, lovely landscape, not a huge amount to do there but well worth a visit if you or your kids find historic sites fascinating.More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Emma H
TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the review The site is a small exhibition in the middle of a field of craters, in the middle of a forest, in the middle of nowhere, in Norfolk - with a Stone Age flint mine-shaft to descend and the SSSI protected...More

Reviewed July 27, 2019

If you're facinated by really old stuff (5000 years) then this is worth a detour. The visitor centre has an audio visual exhibit which is entertaining without too much blah, blah, the staff clearly enjoy doing what they do and are genuinely engaging, there is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2019

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review - the handling kit we have is to help explain the skills of the miners and knappers and the reason why flint, and this Grimes Graves rare flint, was so important in the Neolithic world, and it's gratifying...More

Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

What an amazing place! Dozens of hollows across the field hint at the huge amount of work represented by these remnants of the flint miners efforts. A fascinating insight provided by the visitor centre with informative videos. But the staff are the jewel in this...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2019

Thank you so much for your recommendation to visit our site - and for the very kind words about the team who try to make the experience as valuable as possible, and as much fun as we can

Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

A great little place close to my residence. Very interesting and the knowledge of the staff was impressive. I have read some of the negative reviews. If you are not members then yes it could be seen as expensive. My advice, become members! It is...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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TimL3840, HSA at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Loved your review and the encouragement for visitors to enjoy the benefits of membership..... which proves to be great value, as you infer. We do have to charge an entrance fee so that we can maintain the site which is one of only four Neolithic...More

Reviewed June 12, 2019

We arrived here and trekked along to the central cabin / office et al to pay our £5 pp entry fee. There is limited car parking available. Managed to resist buying a coffee from the coffee machine for £1.90 - which I assumed was an...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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TimL3840, HPS at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2019

Thank you for the review glad you found the exhibition and videos so useful, and really pleased you felt the experience was worth the 4 Stars you've awarded us We do have to charge for entrance as a small contribution towards the running costs, but...More

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Sorry I don’t know as we are English Heritage members. Have a look on their website for prices etc.
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