National Stone Centre

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm Every day

Welcome to the National Stone Centre


Run by a small group of volunteers and set within six former limestone quarries in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and close to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the National Stone Centre (NSC) is a 40 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for its geological formations, offering outdoor and indoor activities for all.

We are open to the public every day except Christmas and there is no charge for admission. The  parking meter takes contactless card payments.

• Outdoor fossil trails around our free to access site
• Visitor Centre with shop, café and “Building Britain” Exhibition
• Geo walks and picnic areas
• Childrens play area

The future of the NSC

The National Stone Centre (NSC) has recently merged with the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) to bring a world-class visitor experience and inspire future generations with geology. You can catch a glimpse of what's in store for the future of the historical site, by viewing the proposed architectural designs here.  


Dry Stone Walling

The National Stone Centre continues to hold the very popular introductory course on dry stone walling.

Held over a weekend, the course covers the basic skills of dry stone walling with a section on stone sourcing as well as a guided trail along the Millennium Wall.

This course also provides the basic skills required for the more advanced Stone Features for Improvers course.

Stone Carving

Try your skills at stone sculpting with our Stone Carving Course.

Our friendly stone carving tutor Mark Eaton is a highly experienced Stone Mason and Master Craftsman who really enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge to others.

You will get to choose the item to carve and take the finished carving home with you.

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Opening times from Friday 12th August to Sunday 14th August 2022

Opening times from Friday 12th August to Sunday 14th August 2022 are as follows:
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