Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England, near the villages of Creswell and Whitwell. The cliffs in the ravine contain several caves that were occupied during the last ice age, between around 43,000 and 10,000 years ago. Its caves contain the northernmost cave art in Europe.The caves contain occupation layers with evidence of flint tools from the Mousterian, proto-Solutrean, Creswellian and Maglemosian cultures. They were seasonally occupied by nomadic groups of people during the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. Evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman and post-medieval activity has also been found there. There is evidence of Neanderthal occupation 50,000–60,000 years ago, a brief Gravettian occupation around 32,000 years ago and use of all the main caves during the Magdalenian around 14,000 years ago. The site is open to the public and has a visitor centre with a small museum of objects associated with the caves, including a stuffed cave hyena.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Creswell Crags and many more Shirebrook attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Shirebrook itinerary builder.
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I used to live in the village of creswell which is a short walk from the crags The crags are beautiful and a safe place for children to explore as no traffic is allowed down there that said there is a... more »
Had a lovely stroll around the lake at the crags, well maintained paths meant it was an easy walk and the scenery was beautiful. Stopped for tea and cake in the little cafe afterwards too so all in a ... more »
Although entrance is free you will need 3 one pound coins for the car park. The Crags have a good walk around a small lake and you can see the entrances to the various caves. The path is not muddy, ev... more »
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