Come and experience Derbyshire as it was 300 million years ago!
Follow the fossil trail, linger by a tropical lagoon and explore ancient reefs.
Our half mile self guided outdoor Geo-Trail will take you through the disused limestone quarries whose rocks once formed part of a tropical island with shallow lagoons, barrier reefs and white sand beaches! These rocks are packed with fossils including corals, brachiopods and crinoids.
We are a dog-friendly site so dogs are always welcome, preferably on a lead.
Less able Visitors
There are designated parking spaces for less able visitors next to the Discovery Centre, which has level access into the building. The outdoor Geo-Trail follows natural contours and is not currently suitable for wheelchair users, however, the NSC will bring the trail up to wheelchair standards during 2018. A large toilet for less able visitors is located inside the Visitor Centre which is wheelchair accessible and has a baby/adult sized changing area. In the children's play area there is an 'inclusive' swing for more than one person.
In June 2000 over 150 members of the Dry Stone Walling Association from all over Britain built 19 different sections of dry stone wall in their own local materials and completed the Millennium Wall.
Wallers and dykers worked in their own traditional styles to make this wonderful outdoor museum of British traditional dry stone walling.
Building Britain Exhibition
Visit our “Building Britain” Exhibition in the Visitor Centre. Here you can learn all about how the Earth is made, examine rocks and see how rock and stone are extracted and used in construction and their importance to our everyday lives.
Afterwards, why not have a snack and a drink in our Blue Lagoon Café.
Activities for Children
We have activities for children of all ages. Outside you can go on a fossil hunt, have fun in the play area, try fossil rubbing along the quarry trail or do some gem panning (gem pans are available from the rock shop).
Car parking fee is by donation
Yes we are proud to be meter free but we can only maintain this through donations, please use the 'Honesty Rocks' located in the car park. 100% of money donated goes to keeping the site open to the great British public.
There is ample parking space for car and coaches providing access to the National Stone Centre as well as the High Peak Trail.
To keep the site open and maintain our parking by donation policy, we would welcome the suggested donations:
Car £1 for half day or £1.50 for the full day
Coaches £5 for half day (free with school visits)
Camper Van £10/night - three nights maximum - (Gray water tip into hedgerows, no tipping of black water)
Parking is monitored by our warden
Attention – please be aware of the uneven nature of the site and the presence of old quarry faces and mine shafts. Wear suitable walking shoes, children and animals should be kept under close adult supervision at all times.
Finally, please remember, this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest - fossil collecting and hammering is strictly forbidden.
Please respect the volunteers who run the site, without them it would not be able to operate.
Play area photo courtesy of Ashley Franklin