Explore the Creswell Area

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 Creswell Gorge and Cave System

Explore the rich and exciting archaeology of the Creswell Cave system.

Find out about the archaeologists who excavated them and the objects found over the years that provide evidence for the diverse range of animals that lived in the area during the Ice Age.


The Local Landscape

Creswell Crags lies within a limestone landscape of outstanding cultural significance. The gorge at Creswell is not an isolated site, many more gorges with caves and rockshelters are known in the area.

Some of these sites have also been excavated and revealed further ice age remains. This area has been designated the Creswell Crags Heritage Area.


Other things to do

There are many other exciting things to do while you're in the area, explore our list of local attractions and beauty spots.


Local walks and trails

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Inspirational Cave Tours

Come face to face with your past...

Experience the new exhibition


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