A Trip to Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Further evidence came to light in 2003 with the discovery of Britain's only known Ice Age rock art.

 

You can choose from an Ice Age cave tour, which includes a general talk or a Rock Art tour which is more specific (or both if you fancy).  The Ice Age tours are at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm and each of these tours can take a maximum of 25 people.  The Rock Art tours are at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.15pm and each of these tours can accommodate a maximum of 14 people.

There's also an Ice Age Exhibition, lake, coffee shop and gift shop.  You can buy tickets at the visitor centre on the day and they take cash and credit/debit cards at the site.

 

To get to the entrance of the caves is a half mile walk from the visitor centre and there are some steps to get into the caves.  Creswell Crags recommend people wear warm, appropriate clothing and flat, sturdy shoes (it may be a bit cold in the caves and there's a bit of an uneven ground surface).

 

For more information and cave tour prices, please go to the Creswell Crags website

http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/

 

* If people can let me know for certain if they are going by Thursday 11th April and which tour they want to go to (Ice Age or Rock Art), I'll phone up to reserve places on the tours (I thought 1.00pm for the Ice Age tour, or 1.30pm for the Rock Art) .  Alternately, people can just turn up without a reservation and this is fine, but there would be no guarantee of getting the tour/time that you want.*

 

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  • Anna F.

    Brian and I enjoyed it very much. The Ice Age tour was informative and lively, with artefacts passed round and a lot of information about how the people lived, which fleshed out what we have seen in the exhibition. We didn't feel up to both tours, but will definitely go back, and look forward to comments on the Rock Art tour we didn't do. Thank you, Hannah, and to the people we met.

    April 13, 2013

  • Cate

    good

    April 13, 2013

  • Chris R.

    Brilliant!!!

    April 13, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Sorry, I repeat am not going, feel sure I emailed someone ages ago about this.

    kind regards, Susanne West.

    April 12, 2013

    • Hannah

      Hi Susan. No problem. Hope you feel better soon.

      April 13, 2013

  • Susan W.

    sorry, Did tell you a while ago not attending, unless I used the wrong website. sorry, but I've been quite unwell.
    regards, Susanne West.

    April 12, 2013

  • Hannah

    UPDATE: I've booked 3 places on the 1.00pm Ice Age Tour for the following people:

    Daniel Hubberts and Anna +1

    I've booked 10 places on the 1.30 Rock Art Tour for the following people:

    Matthew, Kevin, Gill, James, Charlotte, Brigitte, Cate, Abi, Hannah and Simon

    Unfortunately the 12.00pm and 3.00pm Ice Age Tours are not available, so it is not possible to do either of these. The Ice Age Tours for 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm are still available (according to the bookings department). I may play it by ear and if I fancy doing the Ice Age tour after the Rock Art one, may go for one of the later tours in the afternoon. Please feel free to turn up even if you don't have a place booked as there may still be places available. You won't be charged for cancelling and if you would like to change to a different tour on the day that's fine too (providing there are available places on the tour that you want to do).

    April 9, 2013

    • Joe H

      Apologies for not replying yet, but I'm going to be boring and not do any tours at all. I plan on taking the train up, having a mosey round the museum bit, have a coffee and a bite to eat, then have a wander round one of the walks. Thanks for taking the time and putting so much effort into sorting the tour info though :)

      April 9, 2013

    • Hannah

      No problem. I don't think the exhibition is very big so won't take long to look round, but there are some nice places to have a walk.

      April 9, 2013

  • Matthew M.

    Thanks for all the hard work sorting these things out Hannah. :)

    However I'm determined to do both tours. :D Anyone else want to? We could easily fit both in e.g.
    1. Ice Age 12-1:15
    2. 15 minute break
    3. Rock Art 1:30-2:30
    Or we could extend the visit time and do the Rock Art one at 3:15 or 11:30 or the Ice Age one at 11 or 3. Depending on ticket availability and accuracy of tour times of course.
    I am working out transport, trains leave Nottm station at 25 past the hour and arrive in Cresswell at 16 past. Then a 23 min walk ~ Google Maps. Return times from Cresswell just before the hour. Off-Peak Day Return = £7.60 for one adult - or can someone offer a lift?
    Best option would seem to be
    Nottm 10:25 - Cresswell 11:16 - Crags 11:40 - look round centre - Ice Age tour 12:00 - break 1:15 - Rock Art tour 1:30 - back 2:45 - look round again or chat over tea.

    April 5, 2013

  • Hannah

    Hi all,

    Just thought I'd update you all with some more information about the trip to Creswell Crags. I'm going to arrive early to have a look around the exhibition first. The exhibition, Cafe and ticket sales are all in the Visitor Centre. I will be around the entrance of the Cafe at 12.30, so if you are struggling to find the group I will definitely be at the entrance of the Cafe at 12.30, so will see you if you are too. I will try to memorise the faces of new people from your picture and will have a look out for you on the day. If you are new you could also try to memorise a few pictures too to help you identify people.

    April 4, 2013

  • Hannah

    I've spoken to someone at Creswell Crags and she suggested that due to the numbers of people it may be better to reserve places by 9th April (rather than 11th as previously suggested). So, I will phone up on Tuesday 9th April to reserve places on the 1.00 pm Ice Age Tour and 1.30 pm Rock Art Tour for Saturday 13th April. It is not possible to do both tours at these times, so if you would like to do both you would need to do one earlier or later. If you want me to book you a place when I phone up to book mine, please let me know which tour you would like by Monday 8th April in the evening. If I don't hear anything from you I won't book you a place, but you can still turn up on the day if you like.

    April 4, 2013

  • Hannah

    The Ice Age tour leaves from the Visitor Centre at 1.00 pm and arrives back at the Visitor Centre at approximately 2.15 pm.
    The Rock Art tour leaves the Visitor Centre at 1.30 pm and arrives back at the Visitor Centre at approximately 2.30 pm.

    I'll just warn you that there is probably bad phone reception in that area though, so it may be difficult to get in contact by phone so it may pay to be organised and arrive early :)

    There is a car park outside the Visitor Centre and it costs £2.00 per car to park. There is a parking machine, so if you are parking you'll need some coins. For those of you planning to go on the train, I've been advised that you should get off at Creswell (not Whitwell). The train station is approximately 1/2 mile or 20 minute walk from Creswell Crags. If you know for certain that you are not going, please change your RSVP accordingly.

    Any further questions, please e-mail :)

    April 4, 2013

  • Chris R.

    I'll watch out for you!

    April 4, 2013

  • Cate

    I dont mind which tour. Where exactly are you meeting? I wont recognise anyone. thank you

    April 4, 2013

    • Hannah

      Hi Cate. I'm going to phone up the Crags again today and send out an e-mail to people who have signed up with some finalised details :)

      April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry

    February 24, 2013

  • Joe H

    Maybe

    February 24, 2013

  • Hannah

    Just to let you all know, if there is anyone struggling to get a lift there, the Robin Hood Train line goes from Nottingham to Worksop and this has a stop at Creswell, so it would be possible to go on the train.

    January 27, 2013

    • Susan W.

      Hanna,

      January 28, 2013

    • Joe H

      A walk as an event we can get to by train? You're awesome! :)

      February 24, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Hannah, Please let me know if I am still getting a lift from you, rather confused by your message. regards, Susanne West.

    January 27, 2013

  • Simon

    Maybe

    January 19, 2013

  • Nikki D.

    Can't make this unfortunately but hopefully there will be another trip . . .

    January 4, 2013

  • Chris R.

    See you there

    January 1, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Thank you very much, will let you know nearer the time of the train times. Quite excited as I don't know the midlands a lot. Am interested in the ice age, I would love to visit Iceland, this might be the nearest I'll get. Missed a lot of these events due to weather, glad the group is still going. regards Susanne West.

    December 22, 2012

    • Hannah

      Ok, no problem. We can arrange it all closer to the time. Look forward to meeting you :)

      December 23, 2012

  • Susan W.

    Ice age tour please. thanks

    December 22, 2012

    • Susan W.

      reply when you can.

      December 22, 2012

  • Susan W.

    Can you tell me how to get to Crags Road in Wellbeck Notts, I don't have a car and am coming from Lincoln on the train? Plenty of time I know, but like to be organised. Appreciate a reply. with thanks.

    Susanne

    December 22, 2012

    • Susan W.

      reply please

      December 22, 2012

    • Hannah

      Hi Susan. It's quite difficult to get to Creswell Craggs without a car. If you are coming on the train, I can pick you up from Mansfield Woodhouse train station and give you a lift from there and back to the station afterwards. There are two trains from Nottingham per hour to Mansfield Woodhouse.

      December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds brill but I've got a wedding to go to that day

    December 22, 2012

  • Susan W.

    I lost my password and got linked out. will be okay for this meetup. but have to cancel 23 Jan. a meeting at the Univ. on a talk about the Sandstone caves, would love too, but the weather and something clashed and I couldn't get in touch either.

    December 21, 2012

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