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Creswell Crags is one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites. The dramatic limestone gorge and caves, tucked away within the gently undulating landscape on the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire border, was the Northern edge of the Human world during the last Ice Age and was home to fantastic beasts like woolly mammoths, hyenas and woolly rhinoceros. Neanderthals, some of our earliest ancestors to inhabit Britain, visited the site to hunt and to shelter in the caves over 40,000 years ago.

During the last few years some amazing discoveries have been made at Creswell Crags. Mysterious engravings, mainly of animals, have been found on the walls and ceilings of the caves. These pictures were drawn about 13,000 years ago but remained undiscovered until 2003 and are the only known examples of Ice Age rock art in Britain. They add to our knowledge about the rich culture and fascinating life of our ancestors, which was already indicated by the animal bones and stone tools people left behind.

Over 40,000 years after people first came to Creswell Crags, the site is still attracting visitors from all over the world. Join a site tour to experience, at first hand, the gorge and caves lived in by our ancestors. Discover how people lived during the last Ice Age, the tools they made, and the art they created. Explore the gorge along lakeside paths, activity trails are available to challenge the whole family, or take a longer stroll around the local countryside. Bring a picnic and relax for a few hours around the site and museum, taking in the displays, family activities, special events and the gift shop.

Britain has long lacked a place which could function as a focus - a focal place - where both national and international audiences, can learn about the Ice Age; Creswell Crags now has the potential to be that centre and inspire visitors about the lifestyles of our early ancestors at a place that held special significance for them.

A new centre due to open at Creswell Crags will celebrate the 'spirit of the place' by aiming to provide a range of activities and something for everyone of all ages, as well as the exceptional cave tours for which Creswell is renowned.

Whether it is a picnic in peaceful surroundings, a brisk walk through a dramatic landscape or a place to relax and take in the view at our coffee shop, Creswell is an ideal place for families to visit as it offers open spaces for younger children to explore.

The new exhibition spaces will house state of the art displays; interactive elements will provide an entertaining an accessible means of learning.
The new centre will also house education rooms and will provide a venue for a series of lectures throughout the year; these will also be available for hire for corporate events or functions.

Work is on track for a spring 2009 opening in time for our Easter events.  We anticipate hosting a celebratory launch in June, with music and special guest appearances, to mark the opening of our first touring exhibition.