Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre

A view from the interior of a large cave looking out to trees growing outside it
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Creswell Crags is a picturesque limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals excavated from the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the Ice Age between 60,000 and 10,000 years ago. The Museum and Education Centre at the eastern end of the gorge provides displays and interactive resources which bring this story to life.

Venue Type:

Museum, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Every Day 10.00am-17.30pm
Sundays Only 10.00am-16.30pm

Closed: Monday- Friday November-January

Admission charges

The Creswell Crags site and entry to the museum building is free. A charge is made for site tours and some events. Parking £2 (Donation).


  • English Heritage

Additional info

The Museum has just developed a partnership with Chesterfield Shopmobility and can now offer an electric scooter called 'Rundle' for visitors who otherwise would find it difficult to walk around the site.

The collection comprises archaeological objects which have been excavated from the caves. These include Old Stone Age flint and quartzite artefacts plus large and small mammal bone collections from the cave excavations.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • The display 'Age of Ice' provides an introduction to the Ice Age and explores the evidence from Creswell which helps us to build a picture of the environment more than 10,000 years ago. A mixture of real and replica artefacts are used, supported by interactive displays and an audio visual presentation.
  • John and Val Lord regularly run Ice Age skills workshops at the museum where visitors can test their own Ice Age skills by making stone tools and rope.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Bird Ringing at Creswell Crags

  • 27 — 28 January 2018 10am-3pm

Learn how we track and monitor the feathered residents of the Crags, before photographing the birds and getting the chance to release one yourself!
From Woodpeckers and goldfinches, to kingfishers and robins, we have a huge variety of species here at Creswell, and ornithologist Jack Baddams will help you understand the lives of our feathered friends.
This is suitable for all ages, and children especially love this as they can get up close to nature!

10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm - booking not necessary, simply turn up!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3 pp



  • 11 February 2018 2-4pm

Not suitable for those of a sensitive disposition. Very graphic and adult content.
call 01909 720378 to book!
11th Feb, £5pp, 2-4pm

Suitable for

  • 18+


£5 pp

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre
Creswell Heritage Trust
Crags Road
S80 3LH




01909 720378


01909 724726

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