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Creswell Crags, Worksop

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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.
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  • Visited here on a sunny sunday with the kids, didnt really look at the place before travelling so was unaware of what the place had to offer. Upon arrival its clear that if the weather is good and its...  more »
  • Lots to see. great visitor centre. Boys enjoyed tree climbing and den building as well as the play areas. Lovely paths for walking on no matter the weather. Cheap parking. Lovely place.  more »
  • We all enjoyed this visit. The small centre had interactive computers and was a great inspiration to us all.The trip to the caves and close inspection of the drawings was the highlight of the day.We h...  more »