Spiennes is a village in Wallonia.
This small village contains one of the more obscure entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the shape of the Neo-lithic Flint Mines
Spiennes is situated abou 5km south of Mons which has a train station and more links to the rest of the region.
- The best option to get to Spiennes is to have your own transport/ taxi.
If you have your own transport here is a very useful map on the location of the Neolithic Flint Mines
- With public transport: on Sunday take the bus line 134 in the direction MONS-GIVRY-ERQUELINNES-BEAUMONT. Get off in Spiennes.
Spienness is very small and easily covered on foot.
The mines are not a large tourist attraction and there are only a few signs. They are located in farm land to the West of the village. The only noticeable landmark to head for are the blue containers in the field where you can park. The visitors center is just next to these.
Neolithic Flint Mines The mines are perhaps the only real reason to divert to Spiennes they cover more than 100 ha, are the largest and earliest concentration of ancient mines in Europe. They were actively used from 4400 - 2000 years B.C.
Without appointment: From March to November, on the first Sunday of each month, from 10 to 16 o’clock.
Groups from 10 persons : All the year round, by appointment only, tel: +32 65 35-34-78 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to have a visit in English, send a short e-mail to the same address listed above.
Costs: Adults €2.5, Children (must be at least 12 years old and accompanied by an adult) €1.25.
The temperature in the mines is constant : from 8° to 10°C. So wear appropriate clothes. Rain-wear would be useful, as would walking or sports shoes, and a pair of trousers.
The tours are run by volunteers and facilities are very basic. The visit includes a descent in the mines, by means of a vertical ladder which is 8 meters high. If you are uncomfortable with an unassisted climb of 8 meters or are claustrophobic then a visit would need extra consideration. However the welcome is very warm and you will receive a more thorough experience than at many other tourist sites.
Mons is the nearest place that has hotels.