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On Saturday 14th April 2018, Dr. Paul Bahn, one of the team that discovered the art, will be giving talks on the fascinating discovery of the UK’s only known Ice Ace Cave art here at Creswell Crags visitor centre. Rock Art tours will run throughout the day (11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm), and Dr. Paul Bahn will be available for book signings and photographs.  

15 years ago, on 14th April 2003, a team of four archaeologists discovered Britains first Ice Age Rock Art in Church Hole, Creswell Crags.

12,500 year old engravings of a bison, ibis, stag and female anthropomorphic depictions laid dormant for years, before a team of archaeologists discovered them completely by chance on one of their last days of excavations on the Nottinghamshire side of the gorge. This global phenomenon launched Creswell Crags into global spotlight, which has now resulted in a 2020 UNESCO World Heritage Site Application.

The Rock Art is still to this day the most Northerly discovered anywhere in the world, which makes the site the northern Frontier, and THE Ice Age Site in the UK.

With a shop fully stocked with brand new and bespoke rock art products, these will be discounted by 10% for one day only to celebrate this wonderful milestone.

For further information about the event, or to reserve your place on one of the talks, please contact kat.middleton@creswell-crags.org.uk or 01909 720378.

Admission and Opening Times

  • Life in the Ice Age tours – £9 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and £6 for children.
  • Rock Art – £9 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and £6.00 for children.
  • Ice Age and Rock Art tour – £13.50 for adults, £11.25 for concessions and £9.00 for children.
  • Family tickets are available on all tours for visiting parties with at least two children.
  • All tours include entry to the exhibition in the Visitor Centre.
  • Life in the Ice Age cave tours run weekends all year and during most school holidays. Rock Art tours run from March until the end of September. Tour times vary and as a result it is advisable to call in advance to gain information.



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Creswell Heritage Trust
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Creswell Crags Vistitor Centre
Crags Road
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