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Grimes Graves

#5 of 22 things to do in Thetford Features Animals
Thetford IP26 5DE, England
+44 1842 810656
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Wonderful place and nice staff

We visited after a business trip. Maria of the staff is helpful and knowledgeable. Incredible... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Neil M
,
Plymouth
Very informative

We hadn't visited Grimes Graves for some years and found that the small visitors centre has a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lesley B
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average16%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Thetford IP26 5DE, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited after a business trip. Maria of the staff is helpful and knowledgeable. Incredible site and story brought to life with hands-on exhibits. Highly recommended. Ignore the bad reviews; if you don't like this place then you should correct your ignorance, learn why it...More

2  Thank Neil M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hadn't visited Grimes Graves for some years and found that the small visitors centre has a great deal of information about the site. We went down into the mine and it is fascinating to think this was worked by Neolithic people thousands of years...More

1  Thank Lesley B
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are so glad that you got so much from your visit - and want to come back on a sunnier day to enjoy the 96 acres of wildlife and wildflowers

Reviewed 1 week ago

Unlike most visitors to Grimes Graves I had very little knowledge about the Neolithic era or the history of flint mining. However after only an hour and a half at the site I have come away feeling incredibly informed about not going only the history...More

1  Thank Jessica O
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Your review is bursting with enthusiasm, too! Our prime purpose, in managing the site, is to make the story of Neolithic-man, and the value that flint played in their time, accessible to everybody whatever their understanding before they arrive - and we encourage visitors to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In my opinion no historical trip in Eastern England is truly complete without a visiting Grimes Graves. I first came here in the mid-1970's as a schoolchild and it has been beefed up a bit now with a visitor centre. You still have to climb...More

Thank uktravailer
Tim L, Historic Site Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

There is so much to learn from the site about our inventive and industrious forebears, as you experienced - and it sounds like your childhood memories were enhanced by the re-visit! Young children over the age of 10 are allowed down the mine-shaft: the steps...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when my friends said we were visiting here. The site is in the middle of a military area, and quite expansive, so you need to be mobile to be able to fully enjoy it. It is best viewed,...More

Thank Souwester147
Tim L, Historic Site Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

To expand on your point about being able to appreciate the site, the exhibition-centre has aeriel images of it that help explain the layout (and the intensity) of the 433 mine-shafts

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a real interest then it should be a good visit. We were a bit tired and decided to simply sit in the car park in this lovely location and just listened to the very noisy and entertaining skylarks. It does appear you...More

Thank AlanfromWare
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The Skylarks and Swifts are part of the beauty of the site - and quite entertaining, too - and worth the visit alone, as you enjoyed! We are next to one of the MOD sites which are spread through the Brecklands but that has a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Grime's Graves on a Sunday. Due to staff shortages the site was closing over lunch and so I felt rather rushed when I looked round the exhibition and the mine. As others have said, it's great being allowed to go down a neolithic...More

1  Thank essex-hiker-biker
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so sorry that your visit was rushed as a result of our staff shortage. It was unavoidable as we were in the middle of recruiting and had only the two people on duty that day who were working 9 hours each - with...More

Reviewed 17 June 2017

Not been here for over 30 years but enjoyed the history of the place. The internal exhibition was very good affording a full insight into Grimes Graves over the Millenniums. Going down the mine shaft into the area in which they worked to recover the...More

Thank petertheb
Tim L, Historic Sites Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and the comments. I'm really pleased you found the exhibition so useul as it really does help our visitors to get the most from their experience if they absorb the information from the exhibition before going down the mine. We...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

Had an excellent time here we were met by a very experienced English Heritage Team who were really dedicaticated to the site.. Tim lynch was exceptional in his knowkedge about the site he took time to give us an overall history of the site and...More

1  Thank rolandfinch
Tim L, Historic Site Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for your feedback, which has been shared with the team, and we are all delighted that your experience proved so valuable. Grimes Graves is a unique and complex site and understanding the links between the geology and archaeology of Grimes Graves is really...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Called in on the way back from holiday. Hubby had a great time down the mine but I had to stay on the top with 2 disappointed children who couldn't go down as the age limit recently changed from 5 to 10. Since Stone Age...More

Thank Eirwen M
Tim L, Historic Site Steward at Grimes Graves, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for your visit and taking the time to provide us with feedback: we are delighted that your husband enjoyed the mine-experience, and really sorry that your children were disappointed in not being able to descend into the mine-shaft with him It is unfortunate...More

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