Grimes Graves



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These unique and remarkable neolithic flint mines are the earliest remaining major industrial site in Europe. Using antlers as picks, prehistoric miners sank shafts and tunnels deep into the ground following seams of flint. It is possible to descend by a series of ladders to the bottom of one of the shafts to see how flint was extracted. A small exhibition area gives the site's history.

Grimes Graves


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Ramp to visitor centre & shop, disabled parking, induction loop (inside mine)
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; 1-30 Oct, Wed-Sun 10-5

About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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