Pele towers were built between 1350 and 1600 and were basically miniature castles built as a defensible retreat against attacks from the Border Reivers, raiders and robbers from either side of the Scottish border. Cresswell Pele Tower is a well preserved example and, thanks to recent excavations and an extensive renovation, the building is now open to the public on selected days and can be hired as a venue or filming location.

The Pele Tower will open to the public every weekend (Sat & Sun 11am-4pm) until the end of August plus the Bank Holiday Monday on the 30th August (11am-4pm). We also intend to open for the Heritage Open Days on Sundays, 12th & 19th Sept (1pm-4pm).

Pele Tower Pages


About the Pele Tower

A brief overview of the tower, it's layout and history.

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From the high-tech world of geophysical survey to the low-tech world of feildwalking we left no stone unturned.



A skilled band of professional archaeologists and some dedicated volunteers discover Cresswell's heritage.



And finally, the wonderful old building is returned to it's former glory - with a few very modern twists.

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An introduction to the tower plus look at the first phase of the archaeological work at Cresswell.

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3D Burial Cist

A computer generated interactive model of the Cresswell burial cist, uncovered in 2017.

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Planning a visit? The interactive map here will help you find us!