Creswell Crags was among the most northerly places on earth to have been visited by our ancient ancestors, a story that is unique on a European and World scale. All of the caves are protected by metal grills to preserve the rare archaeological deposits that remain inside. At the east end of the gorge is the Museum and Education Centre. The gorge is part of the Creswell Heritage Landscape Area.
Creswell Crags is one of Britain's most important archaeological sites, as important as Stonehenge or Hadrian's Wall. The caves tell the fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age when the Crags were amongst the most northerly places on earth to have been inhabited by our ancient ancestors. The cave art discoveries underline the international significance of the site.
The Crags have suffered from the late nineteenth century when the Creswell Caves became known to scientists. Early excavators used dynamite to blast their way into the caves! Tens of thousands of archaeological finds from the site are now dispersed amongst 30 different museums around the UK.
The development of the new visitors centre has allowed these collections to be brought together, including artefacts from the British Museum. Other partners including Brew House Yard, Nottingham, Woollaton Hall, Bolton Museum and Manchester Museum have all agreed to long-term loans for the new permanent exhibition at Creswell.
A major project proposes to carry out the work necessary to look after, protect and tell people about the story of life at Creswell Crags.
The Trust is a registered Museum and holds a collection of over 50,000 objects. Most of these objects are the bones of small mammals found during excavations at Pin Hole cave in the 1980s. Other objects include flint stone tools and bones of large mammals found during earlier excavations in other caves at Creswell Crags.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Fri 1 Nov 2013 - Fri 31 Jan 2014||Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:30|
Car park closes half an hour after Museum and Visitor Centre
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 eastwards 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