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    Archaeological Site, next open Sat 1 Nov 2014 - Sat 31 Jan 2015

    Creswell Crags Exhibition Centre

    Creswell Crags Exhibition Centre

    Exploring a cave at Creswell Crags

    Exploring a cave at Creswell Crags

    Creswell Crags

    Creswell Crags

    Address

    Crags Road,
    Welbeck,
    S80 3LH

    Details

    Creswell Crags is one of Britain's most important archaeological sites. The stunning gorge is honeycombed with caves which provided shelter for early man and today tell the fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age when the Crags was amongst the most northerly places on earth to have been inhabited by our ancient ancestors.

    In 2003 unique artwork was found engraved on the cave walls making Creswell Crags home to Britian’s only known Ice Age rock art.

    Entry to the caves is by guided tours which run at the weekends and during the school holidays. The ‘Life in the Ice Age’ tour allows visitors to explore Robin Hood Cave, the largest cave at the site, to expereince what life was like during the last Ice Age for our distant ancestors as they lived alongside all sorts of exotic animals such as woolly mammoth, reindeer and hyena. The ‘Rock Art’ tours allow visitors to enter Britain’s oldest art gallery to see the 13-14,000 year old engravings. Tours are suitable for children aged over 5 and prior booking is reccommended.

    The award-winning museum houses an exhibition displaying rare stone tools and bone remains all found at Creswell. The temporary gallery houses an exciting programme of exhibitions throughout the year.

    The serene gorge provides visitors with a chance to take a relaxing walk around the lake and gorge and discover its varied wildlife including watervoles and rare invertebrates. The coffee shop provides a place to relax and take in the panaramic views and enjoy some tasty refreshments. The site also boasts a multi-sensory play area inspired by the Ice Age fauna of the Crags. In addition, Creswell Crags hosts an exciting programme of events and activities thoughout the year. Please check the website or facebook page for more details.

    It’s easy to come for a few hours and end up staying all day!

    For further details see www.creswell-crags.org.uk

    Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

    Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

    Opening details

    Season Dates Opening Hours
    Sat 1 Nov 2014 - Sat 31 Jan 2015 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:30
    Sun 1 - Sat 28 Feb 2015 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 16:30
    Cave tours run at weekends and during Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire school holidays only.

    Prices

    Exhibition entry - Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00, Children £1.50
    Children under 5 years may not be permitted on cave tours for health and safety reasons. For more information on bringing younger children, please telephone 01909 720378.

    Cave Tours
    Ice Age Cave Tour (including exhibition entry) - Adults £6.50, Concessions £5.00, Children £4.50
    Rock Art Cave Tour (March to September only, including exhibition entry) - Adults £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children £6.00
    Both Cave Tours (including exhibition entry) - Adults £13.00, Concessions £11.00, Children £8.00

    There are further reductions for family groups.

    Location

    Directions

    See location of Creswell Crags on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SK 538744  Lat: 53.26449 Long: -1.19456

    Parking £2 for all day

    From North/South
    Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A616. At next roundabout take 2nd exit and at next roundabout take 1st exit. At next roundabout take 2nd exit. Continue on A616 to traffic lights at awkward junction and bear left (A616). Continue on A616 passing under low bridge. Continue past rail station sign in Creswell then turn left at brown sign for Creswell Crags Visitor Centre (B6042, Crags Road). Follow road for approx ½ mile and turn right, then turn left into car park.

    From East
    Follow A617 to the M1 motorway roundabout and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South.

    From West
    Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At next roundabout select right hand lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach M1 motorway roundabout. Select left lane and take 1st exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30 and follow route from North/South.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Creswell station

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Welcome HostWelcome Host
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
    • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired
     
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