Grime's Graves - Prehistoric Flint Mine

Schools

Please note: Education visits are currently not available at this site.

"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

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Please note that we are currently experiencing high volumes of enquiries about our education visits, so we might take a little longer to come back to you.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • In order to process your enquiry as quickly as possible, please ensure you have provided the following information, or have this information ready when you speak to one of our advisers: visit arrival and departure time; age range of the group; subject(s) to be studied; learning objective; number of learners and leaders; name of trip organiser; name of trip leader; SEND requirements.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

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
  • KS3 History: An aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils' chronological knowledge from before 1066
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study

Free self-led visits

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, but 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.

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.

Enquire now

PLAN YOUR VISIT

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

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

    0370 333 0606

  • School visits

    We’re here to support your school trip planning this term. To start your enquiry, it's best to complete our online form. All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance. Please make sure you check our terms and conditions ahead of your visit.

    If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch to speak to your local Education Visits Officer.

    Please note that we are experiencing high volumes of enquiries about our education visits so we might take longer than usual to come back to you. We’re currently prioritising the most urgent enquiries with visit requests between now and end of October 2021.  If you are enquiring about a visit outside of that time we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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