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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Further evidence came to light in 2003 with the discovery of Britain's only known Ice Age rock art.
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.
November, December, January: Weekends and Bank Holidays 10.00am - 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day.
February: Every day 10.00am - 4.30pm
March - September: Every day 10.00am - 5.30pm
October: Every day 10.00am - 4.30pm
There is no charge to visit Creswell Crags site or to walk around the lake and gorge. It is also free to visit the shop and coffee shop. There is a £3 charge for all day parking (ticket machines require exact change - change is available from reception). Details of charges for the exhibition and Cave Tours are given below:
Exhibition Entry - £3 adults, £2 concessions, children free
Ice Age Cave Tour (including Exhibition Entry) - £9 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6 children
Rock Art Cave Tour (March to September only, including Exhibition Entry) - £9 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6 children
Combined ticket (both caves and exhibition) Adult £13.50, concession £11.25, child £9
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £25.50 per tour, or £38.25 for both tours (combined ticket)
Children under 5 years are not permitted on cave tours for Health and Safety reasons.