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!
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Sun 9 Mar - Tue 30 Sep 2014||Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:30|
|Wed 1 - Fri 31 Oct 2014||Mon - Sun 10:00 to 16:30|
|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|
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.
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.
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Parking £2 for all day
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.
Follow A617 to the M1 motorway roundabout and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South.
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.
: 1 mile from Creswell station
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Welcome Host
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted
- Smoking not allowed
- Facilities for hearing impaired
- Facilities for visually impaired