Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage 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, Heritage site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

February and October
Every Day 10.00am-16.30pm

March-September
Every Day 10.00 am - 17.30 pm

November-January
Weekends 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 £3 (Donation).

Exhibition Entry £3 adults, £2 concessions, children (under 16) free

Ice Age Cave Tour £9.00 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6.00 children
Includes exhibition entry

Rock Art Cave Tour £9.00 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6.00 children
Includes exhibition entry
March to September only

Combined Ticket
(Both Caves) £13.50 adults, £11.25 concessions, £9.00 children
Includes exhibition entry
March to September only

Discounts

  • 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

Archaeology

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.
Cave wall scored with witches' marks

Witches' Marks tours

  • 2 March — 29 September 2019 *on now

New for 2019. Hundreds of protective marks, also known as Witches Marks, have been discovered at Creswell Crags. This is believed to be the largest collection ever found in the UK. Join our tour guide for a unique opportunity to discover the most recent secret revealed at Creswell Crags.

Hundreds of protective marks, also known as Witches’ Marks, have been discovered at Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border with history dating back 60,000 years. These Apotropaic marks, from the Greek apotrepein, meaning ‘to turn away’, have been discovered scribed into walls and ceilings of the caves, over dark holes and large crevices. This is another huge find for the world renowned, award-winning heritage site and is significant on a national scale for being, potentially, the biggest collection of apotropaic marks in one place in the whole of the UK.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult (16 yrs and over) £9.00
Child £6.00
Concession £7.50

(Tours availablility is subject to change)

Website

https://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/

Bat in flight

Bat Night

  • 30 April 2019 7:30-10pm

Join Derrick Eames, resident Bat Man at Creswell Crags, for a guided talk and walk of the gorge to see these incredible creatures feed at nightfall. This is a sell out event, so pre-booking is a must!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.00 per person

Website

https://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/events/

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Plants as food and medicine (food for free)

  • 24 June 2019 10am-3:30pm

Join Dr Patrick Harding for this fantastic Day course. A day school looking at useful wild plants. Illustrated talks on plants for food and drink and also about plants with medicinal properties. Includes trips out to look at wild plants and to learn how to identify them. There will also be specimens,medicines and a display of useful books.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£24.00 per person, £3.00 car parking charges

Website

https://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/events/

Image of trees in full leaf

DR Patrick Harding’s day school – All about Britain's trees

  • 15 July 2019 10am-4pm

This day will include illustrated talks on the history of our trees and woodland since the last Ice Age and on how to identify our native species. We will also look at the many different uses to which tree products have been put. There will be a display of books, lots of timber specimens and two trips out to identify trees and shrubs.

Suitable for

  • 16-17

Admission

£24.00 per person, £3.00 parking charges

Website

https://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/events/

Bat in flight

Bat Night

  • 30 August 2019 7:30-10pm

Join Derrick Eames, resident Bat Man at Creswell Crags, for a guided talk and walk of the gorge to see these incredible creatures feed at nightfall. This is a sell out event, so pre-booking is a must!

7:30pm start, refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£8.00 per person

Website

https://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/events/

Image of the milky way

Astronomy Night

  • 30 September 2019 7:30-10pm

Join Paul for an insightful talk about the night’s sky, before heading out into the evening, to look through telescopes at the constellations.

All equipment is provided, tea and coffee will also be provided. Remember to dress warm and sensibly – you will be outdoors for some of the event.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£8.00 per person

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 Heritage centre
Crags Road
Welbeck
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3LH
England

Website

http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/

E-mail

info@creswell-crags.org.uk

Telephone

01909 720378

Fax

01909 724726

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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