Creswell Crags
Creswell Crags
4.5
Natural History MuseumsCaverns & Caves
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Walk in the footsteps of the Ice Age hunter and enter a world of fire and flint. Discover a legacy etched in stone with cave art 10,000 years older than the pyramids, and medieval Witch Marks as a reminder of more superstitious times. Explore life on the edge of the Ice Age world. Creswell Crags features the only authenticated Ice Age cave art in Britain. 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. Robin Hood Cave has more apotropaic Witch Marks than anywhere else in the UK. The unique archaeology, geology, wildlife and fauna have resulted in Creswell Crags being one of the most protected sites in the UK. The beautiful natural landscape is also popular with walkers and boasts a variety of rare species. Visit the museum or book a cave tour. See website for details.
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  • Alan T
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Wanted to visit here for some time and it did not disappoint. Car parking £4 for the day. Not a huge area to walk around but very interesting walking around the lake seeing the caves and reading about the archeological finds and Ancient man Cafe museum and toilets on site. Tours available Well worth a visit. Dog friendly walks. We enjoyed the visit
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • DiseyL
    Essex, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Haven
    Inspired by winter watch we took the journey from Essex to Creswell Crags to see the Jackdaws. Went early in the morning around 9am, very quiet and the visitor site, cafe not quite open but this made it more special with it being so peaceful. We did not book a cave tour as we were there mainly for the birds but you can stick your head in them to have a look and the information points are very helpful on the footpath. It is a circular walk around the lake area, took us about an hour. We then stopped off for a coffee at the cafe before returning to the car. Highly recommended for wildlife and scenery.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Karen W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very atmospheric place
    We have visited Creswell Crags a number of times so since the 1990's. The visitor experience has been transformed. The facilities at the visitor centre are excellent and the museum very interesting. We found the staff were all very friendly and helpful. The gorge itself appears little changed and is a very atmospheric place. We are looking forward to returning for the dawn chorus event and we must make sure we have a tour of the caves on a future visit. We noted that there are details for local walks available. We will come back for a walk to Welbeck Abbey and back.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Noel R
    Malton, United Kingdom145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place for a visit
    National trust, but free entry, just have to pay to park. Lovely walk round the lake with Crags and caves, good info points on route on the history. Nice cafe. With terrace. Museum and gift shop. We enjoyed our visit. Spent about 3 hours here.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • JamesFell74
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Fascinating - 10/10
    Wanted to go here for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Gorge walk was lovely and interesting. Information was pitched about right in the visitor centre and the cafe was really nice. Can’t fault it. Didn’t do a tour this time but will definitely come back. Staff really helpful as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Chris C
    Worksop, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour
    Thoroughly enjoyed our tour into Robins Hoods cave. Very knowledgable, friendly guide who pitched excellently to all age groups with engaging humour. Felt honoured and proud to be visiting the most northern caves in the world with art and where woolly mammoths, lions, bears and hyenas had roamed in the past. The gorge is a beautiful well kept area and well worth a visit. Volunteer staff who we met were very friendly and informative. Visitor centre provides great information with interactive play for children. Enjoyed a lovely walk through the car park to the Welbeck Estate farmshop and art gallery. We had a great day out and would definietly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Heather B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stoneage Storytime
    Always a fantastic day out at Creswell Crags. This visit was for a special edition of Stoneage Storytime, looking at art in the caves and reading stories about the first pictures. Incredible to see art that is THOUSANDS of years old. Stoneage Storytime is bookable on the website, great fun for kids and adults alike. Lots of new stories and sometimes an old favourite. Definitely recommended!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 23, 2023
  • TravelBugMin
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Ice Age Cave Art tour for the family
    Took the kids (7 and 11) and my parents on the Ice Age cave art tour and it's really a very interesting experience. Our guide John is a fantastic story teller. Not only do we get a good idea behind the discovery of the cave arts, he also patiently ensured that we all could see the artwork. It's really remarkable how the art came about and how it was discovered. There was no way we could have gotten access into church hole cave to see it unless we join the tour (it's about 1.5h long as we were asking so much questions). Strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the caves to go on this tour. The walk to the cave is very easy and along a very beatiful river that's filled with ducks.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Faye K
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mammoth Charm
    What a magnificent, magical place. We visited with friends for a walk & picnic and admired the stunning landscape. I’d also booked a cave art tour in advance which far exceeded expectations. A superb, knowledgeable archeologist guide explained the fascinating prehistory and recent history of the cave network. The visitors’ centre was another layer of high quality information & a pretty shop. Plus excellent coffees & cake on the dog -friendly terrace to round off the day. This place is a hidden gem which deserves to benefit from world heritage status.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Grey W
    Castle Donington, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out!
    Visited today and had a wonderful tour of Robin Hoods cave, the tour guide was fun, friendly and informative. The lake is also very beautiful as is the surrounding area I could spend hours there alone. The staff were very helpful and the girls in the cafe were very quick with our order. Loved every minute and will definitely recommend a visit to friends and family.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
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Katy K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
What a beautiful location and a great place to visit. I visited yesterday with my other half having booked the rock art tour. We turned up a couple of hours early and had a lovely time in the museum (small but perfectly formed) and a nice cup of coffee at the cafe. Our guide Andrea was very knowledgeable, she had a clear passion for her subject and took time to ensure that everyone in the tour was included. No question was a silly question and we had a great time discussing our theories about why the art was in the caves and where it was. Would thoroughly recommend for anyone, it takes you back in time and gives you a new appreciation for what our ancestors were doing 12,000 years ago. Also I had no idea we used to have hippopotamus and hyenas in Derbyshire! The price is an added bonus, extremely good value for money, particularly bearing in mind we effectively hired an anthropologist for the afternoon!
Also the cave spiders were fine, I’ve evicted larger from my house, although perhaps not one for the arachnophobes.
Written September 23, 2022
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Travelpony
Nottingham, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Really interesting and enjoyable day out with lots to do and see in the fresh air. Cave tours are personalised and the perfect length and you’re free to wander around the lake and surrounding areas. In these Covid times, everything is sanitised regularly and we felt safe. Cafe food was good value. Abi, our tour guide, was simply brilliant, keeping our 7 and 10 year olds transfixed with her knowledge of the history of the Crags. She had all the information about the ice age that they wanted to know and added the bonus of the witch marks. Her enthusiasm and ability to paint a picture in your imagination has given her our vote as the best guide we’ve ever had, anywhere! Thanks Abi 👍
Written October 21, 2020
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Hi there, thank you for taking time to write a review - we really appreciate it. So pleased to hear that you had a great day and we'll be sure to pass your lovely feedback onto Abi too, that's brilliant! it's also really good to know you felt safe visiting us - we're doing everything we can so we're pleased it's working. Please do come back and see us again!
Written October 26, 2020
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don85c
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
After turning up on the wrong day (my own fault for not reading the date properly when I booked), the lovely lady on the reception desk managed to change my booking for the following day.
She was extremely helpful and friendly. I had to pay for the new tour and have the tour I'd previously booked refunded - which might I add was the quickest refund I've ever had.

The next day, we arrived for our tour. The same helpful lady from the day before was on the desk again. She not only remember our faces, but our names too - massive customer service points to you! (Sorry I didn't catch your name).

We then went for a wander around the gift shop while we waited for our tour time. Whilst we was browsing our tour guide Simon, came over and introduced himself. He said that he was ready if we wanted to start the tour early so off we went.

Simon was absolutely fantastic with our son. He got down to his level to speak to him, kept calling him by name and even checked he understood everything he was explaining.

During the tour Simon's knowledge about the area really shone through. He welcomed any questions we asked and answered everything he could. His passion for his job was obvious and made the tour that much more enjoyable.

My son is learning about Cave People at school at the moment and this was a fun family day out that gave him chance to see in real life, exactly what he's learning about. If you can make education fun I'm all for it. We all learnt alot from our tour, even Simon when my partner spotted a Cave drawing he'd not seen before. It really is a little gem full of its own discoveries.
Written September 7, 2021
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Hello there, thank you so much for this wonderful review! It really does mean the world that you took the time to write this after your visit, and we're so pleased to hear it was a great one! We're really proud to hear that our team went above and beyond, to help make your experience a better one and ensure you and your family had a good time both in our visitor centre, and on a tour. Thank you for your wonderfully kind words about your tour with Simon, he's thrilled to hear you enjoyed it and also passed on a note to say that he loved being able to learn something from you too! It really is the best part of this job here at the Crags. Once again, many thanks for your kind words, and we can't to welcome you back for a visit really soon.
Written October 6, 2021
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LEIGH S
Tutbury, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Cresswell crags is definitely a must see, had an absolute fun time exploring the gorge, took the Robin Hood cave tour with fantastic guide,Simon. The museum has some amazing finds from the caves and the witch ‘apotropaic’ markings are truly breathtaking and mysterious. A COVID secure environment to be commended, this is a great venue for teachers to bring their students, with on site learning centre and helpful, knowledgeable staff to boot. Thoroughly recommended even if you just want a walk through the gorge and some fresh air. So what are you waiting for, get in touch and book your visit - support our museums!!.😄
Written November 1, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We really appreciate it. We'll pass the positive feedback on to Simon too! Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much - and thanks for recommending it to others! Hope you can come and visit us again soon, when it's allowed again.
Written November 6, 2020
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Josh H
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The scenery and walks were great. I enjoyed learning about the long history and seeing artist depictions of hyenas roaming the land long ago. But I must say, the cafe food was bad and a rip off. A white bread tuna sandwich smashed up in cling film was £4.50!
Good visit but I recommend taking your own food...
Written August 16, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we really appreciate your feedback. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the site, and learning about our heritage. However, we're really sorry to hear that your experience in the cafe wasn't satisfactory. Our sandwiches are all now pre-made and wrapped in cling film because of the COVID-19 safety guidance - we can't prepare sandwiches to order like we used to, because of the limitations of our catering space. However, we use locally sourced bread from the Welbeck Bakehouse and high quality fillings - hence the price point we've chosen (all purchases support us - we're an independent charity), and we usually get excellent feedback on our sandwiches. Apologies again that this wasn't your experience - that's not good enough and we'll look into this with our cafe staff to see if the sandwich was perhaps stored incorrectly in the fridge to end up seeming 'smashed up.' Several of our processes and procedures are new since we reopened after lockdown and we're refining them all the time. If you do come to see us again, do give us another chance to get it right! Thank you again for your feedback.
Written August 17, 2020
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Alice C
Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We visited today for the first time with our 13 year old and ten year old. We had booked the “Life In The Ice Age” cave tour and arrive about 30 mins early, which was just enough time to look round the exhibition beforehand.,

Our tour guide was really friendly, very knowledgeable and pitched the tour just right for the audience. He was very engaging and we all thoroughly enjoyed the tour, even our very sceptical 10 year old.

We had lunch at the cafe in the visitor centre, which had a good selection of paninis, soup and jacket potatoes as well as cakes and drinks. Unfortunately, even fairly early on, they had sold out of quite a few options (we were there by 1pm and I got my third choice).

After lunch we had a walk around the lake (for families with buggies and wheelchairs, the path around is relatively flat and smooth).

Then to the gift shop! Some good souvenirs, some at pocket money prices, as well as books on the history, geology and archaeology of the site.

A really good day out, and we’ll be back for the other tours.
Written March 6, 2022
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We visited Creswell Crags whilst staying at the nearby Forest Holidays. As the size of the cave tour group is quite limited we booked our cave tour (Life in the Ice Age) online on the day prior to our visit.

The gorge (with its lake) whilst nice is even more interesting once you know the history – it is not hard to image woolly mammoths wandering around. The tour, whilst informative, does spend most its time in the first chamber of the Robin Hood cave – this was almost too long in one spot. You get a hard hat with light before setting off on the tour, which helped create a sense of adventure – due to some low roofs I was very glad to have had the hard hat. You may find that a separate hand touch is useful.

Museum Exhibition was good, but smaller than expected. Café was fine
Written July 19, 2022
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453barryf
Sheffield, UK251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We went on a booked tour shortly after they reopened. It was really worth it. As a family of four it was fantastic having our own guide John (or JC as he is known) who was extremely informative, knowledgeable and willing to tailor the tour to our interests and question direction. The 'Witches Marks' are a fascinating and relativity recent focus in the caves and they conjure up all sorts of theories and discussions.

The site itself is a great place for a walk and is unique in the setting - you would never know that a busy road once went right alongside the caves. The staff we encountered were welcoming and helpful and the museum is great for putting things in context. Catering is understandably limited at the present time but the fact that much of the produce is sourced locally is great to see.

Well worth a trip a day out.
Written September 13, 2020
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Wow, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We've already passed it on to JC and he was delighted to hear you'd enjoyed the tour so much, and we'll also be giving the whole staff team a pat on the back too. After a difficult time during lockdown, it means so much to us to receive positive feedback and we really appreciate it. Hope we can welcome you back again soon!
Written September 28, 2020
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Emz31
Cornwall, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
My sister and I spent a wonderful 4 hours here today, parking was cheap and entry free. We booked a cave tour for £10 each and it was prompt and value for money, helmets with torches included (lasted just over an hour). The tour Guide Simon (not John 😂) was utterly wonderful and made our day with his knowledge, passion and anecdotes. (A special thanks for the extra chats into your break!!) A good place for all and we brought a picnic to enjoy in the dappled sunshine. The gift shop has a great selection of items and sells duck food for £1 which is much better for them than bread, the museum is really interesting with a selection of the archeological finds and the history behind the discoveries. Theres a cafe of site too. Truly memorable day out! Who knew hippos used to bathe in Nottinghamshire!!
Written August 27, 2022
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Les1554
Scunthorpe, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I think booking the visit the day before on-line including the 'Art in the Ice Age Tour', car parking and a guidebook and then providing my booking reference to the very helpful receptionist made for a smooth arrival. Even the car parking lady chipped in with some useful advice. We visited Easter Saturday and the weather was glorious with so many people having picnics around the meadow area. I had booked a public tour for our family of three but in the event there was just us three on the tour with Simon our very knowledgeable guide. He is clearly passionate about Art in the Ice Age and the tour and the information he shared with us made the day for us. After the tour we explored the rest of the site before visiting the Museum which again was well worth a visit. The shop and cafe were also busy on the day. We spent over 6 hours at the venue and will certainly return to sample the other tours on offer. I previously reviewed this venue on 1st January, 2022 and was scathing after we arrived to find the venue closed despite the website indicating it would be open. We are all so pleased we returned because it really was an informative and enjoyable day out.
Written April 21, 2022
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Thank you for giving us a second chance, and we're over the moon to hear you had an amazing time. We cannot wait to welcome you to the crags again!
Written May 6, 2022
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