Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre

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.

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 gorge is part of the Creswell Heritage Landscape Area.

Recent discovery Feb 2019, hundreds of protective marks, also known as Witches’ Marks, have been discovered at Creswell Crags.  These Apotropaic marks, from the Greek apotrepein, meaning 'to turn away', have been discovered scribed into walls and ceilings of the caves, over dark holes and large crevices.   Ritualistic protection marks are most commonly found in historic churches and houses, to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits.  The witch marks at Creswell Crags numbers in the high hundreds in one cave alone. Marks have since been found in all caves at Creswell Crags.



Exhibitions and events

Bat night

Event on 30.04.2019 19:30

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Join Derrick Eames, resident Bat Man at Creswell Crags, for a guided talk and walk of the gorge to see these incredible creatures feed at nightfall. This is a sell out event, so...

Plants as food and medicine (food for free)

Event on 24.06.2019 10:00

Join Dr Patrick Harding for this fantastic Day course! £24 pp   A day school looking at useful wild plants. Illustrated talks on plants for food and drink and also about plants with medicinal...

Dr Patrick Harding's day school - All about Britain's trees

Event on 15.07.2019 10:00

10:00 am - 4:00 pm This day will include illustrated talks on the history of our trees and woodland since the last Ice Age and on how to identify our native species. We will also look at the many...

Bat Night

Event on 30.08.2019 7:30

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Join Derrick Eames, resident Bat Man at Creswell Crags, for a guided talk and walk of the gorge to see these incredible creatures feed at nightfall. This is a sell out event, so...

Astronomy night

Event on 30.09.2019 18:30

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm See the stars like never before, with expert astronomer, Paul Money. Join Paul for an insightful talk about the night’s sky, before heading out into the evening, to look through...

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