National Stone Centre

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm Every day


Course Types

Dry Stone Walling
Dry Stone Walling Course for Beginners
Dry Stone Walling Course for Improvers
Stone Carving
Stone Carving Course (2 Days)
Stone Carving Course (3 Days)
Stone Carving Taster Day

Dry Stone Walling

The National Stone Centre continues to hold the popular weekend introductory course for beginners to dry stone walling. The aim of this course is to provide you with basic construction skills as well as information on stone sourcing and includes a guided tour of the Millennium Wall, which showcases the work of dry stone walling professionals from across the country. This course also provides the basic training required for the more advanced Dry Stone Walling Course for Improvers.

The National Stone Centre offers structured tuition by experienced instructors within the inspirational environment of our Site of Special Scientific Interest where your work will remain to complement the industrial quarrying heritage of our site. You will work in groups of up to eight with an instructor for each group, building foundations and then progressing to construct a section of dry stone wall. Following a brief introduction and necessary safety related instructions, the rest of the course is 'hands-on' instruction - lifting and manual labour is involved, but you will not be expected to exceed your abilities.

Click here to see a short film about our dry stone walling course


Stone Carving

Taught by one of Derbyshire's foremost stone masons, our tutor Mark Eaton will guide you through the process of stone selection, choice and use of tools as well as basic carving techniques. You are free to choose your own project or Mark will suggest some ideas. The piece of work that you produce will then be yours to take home. A Stone Restoration Course is also available for professionals within the construction industry and enthusiastic amateurs who wish to gain further specialised knowledge and skills.

Click here to see a short film about our stone carving course 


General information for all courses

Courses are open to anyone provided they are reasonably fit and well. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Courses involve lifting and care is needed when handling and working with stone to avoid back, hand, foot and eye injuries. Your instructor will provide safety instruction and guidance.

  • Courses run from 10am to 4pm 
  • Ample parking
  • Toilet facilities close to the walling and carving sites at our Discovery Centre
  • A lovely range of food and drink can be purchased from the Blue Lagoon Cafe at the Discovery Centre or you can bring your own sandwiches and drinks if you prefer
  • First aid equipment is held by instructors
  • Participants need to inform us of any significant medical issues prior to the start of the course

What is included

  • All tools and materials are provided
  • Gloves are provided but you may wish to bring your own heavy duty work gloves
  • You will receive an Attendance Certificate at the end of your course

Things you'll need to bring

  • Durable and waterproof clothing as courses take place in most weather conditions
  • Sun cream and hat
  • Sturdy and strong boots (lightweight trainers and ordinary shoes are not suitable)


 Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are available as an unusual and surprising gift for family or friends!  Vouchers can be redeemed for a course later in the same year or the following year. Vouchers are 'open date' so that firm dates can then be booked by the recipient subject to availability. See individual courses for prices.


Please contact us for more details.