Our trip to the UK has not only taken us back in time but it has introduced our children to various parts of UK history. We discovered a bit about Victorian history at Chatsworth House and Elizabethan chivalry at Bolsover Castle. Our visit to Creswell Crags in Derbyshire also presented us with new information about a time period we’ve yet to explore with our children: the Ice Age.
Located in a limestone gorge full of caves, Creswell Crags is home to the only Ice Age rock art in Britain, which tells the gripping story of life in the last Ice Age – 50,000 to 10,000 years ago. I’m not sure my kids understood the depth of history we were taking in, but going on a cave tour was certainly a hit with them….and for us.
Creswell Crags is an ideal place for families to visit as it offers open spaces for younger children to explore, as well as the exceptional cave tours for which Creswell is renowned. Our tour took us into the Robin Hood Cave, once called Robin Hood’s Hall, the largest cave at Creswell Crags and the limestone area. It was a kick for us all to act like archaeologists and put on helmets with flashlights at the top.Our guide introduced some of the evidence left behind: flint and bone objects, handaxes and scrapers made from flint, quartzite and clay-ironstone. We observed gnawing marks left by hyaenas and we learned about other animals who can be traced from that period.
Creswell Crags is off the beaten path and is located at Crags Road, Welbeck in Nottinghamshire. Our tour cost £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for children. Price includes entrance to exhibition where we got a more up close and personal look at the Ice Age.
Disclosure: Our tickets were complimentary to facilitate this review and others, but all opinions expressed are my own.