Grime's Graves - Prehistoric Flint Mine

School Visits

"The children loved walking around the site to see where other mine shafts were and how people worked down the mines. There has been so much follow up work based from the trip which has excited the children from written work to art, geography and of course history!"

Amy Dunning
Teacher, North Denes Primary School

Curriculum links

As one of the oldest industrial sites in Britain, education at Grimes Graves offers a fantastic insight into pre-history mining technology and the development in historic eras over the centuries.

  • KS2 History: Changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age. The work at the site was the work of Neolithic flint miners, later a Bronze age settlement, and the site was used for Iron Age Burials 1,000 years after Grime's Graves was abandoned. For pupils studying tribal kingdoms, farming and culture, Grimes Graves has examples of religion, rituals, Bronze Age farming and how Mesolithic hunters lived.
  • KS3 History: An aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils' chronological knowledge from before 1066. Grimes Graves provides the opportunity to study a significant turning point, the Neolithic Revolution.
  • KS3 History: A local history study, a study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of national history.

Free school visits

Please note that Grime's Graves has recently had a Health and Safety review and unfortunately this means that the pit cannot be accessed by children under the age of 10, this has been changed due to benchmarking from other tourism attractions including Go Ape and the Scouts. Please call us on 0370 333 0606 if you have any questions.

Grime's Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain. This grassy lunar landscape of 400 pits was first named Grime's Graves by the Anglo-Saxons. It was not until one of them was excavated in 1870 that they were identified as flint mines dug over 5,000 years ago.

A small exhibition area illustrates the history of this fascinating site. Visitors over the age of 10 can descend 9 metres (30ft) by ladder into one excavated shaft to see the jet-black flint.

Set amid the distinctive Breckland heath landscape, Grime's Graves is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a habitat for rare plants and fauna.

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  • Facilities
    • Free car and coach parking, containing 50 spaces, approximately 500 metres from site entrance
    • Shop selling a range of English Heritage gifts
    • Introductory exhibition at the visitor centre, which displays information about Neolithic mining
    • Two port-a-loos on site
    • Groups can use the picnic area
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