The National Stone Centre
Telling the story of stone; the National Stone Centre (NSC) is a 40 acre site on the edge of the Peak District featuring 330 million year old geological formations with outdoor and indoor activities for all.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features, the NSC is an educational charity that seeks to engage and inform visitors about the importance and history of stone and its allied industries. The spectacular site is made up of 6 former quarries which have created a unique environment to explore nature and our industrial heritage.
Open 364 days per year and with free open access for all.
- Follow geological, ecological, industrial heritage or sculptural features of interest on our self-guided trails across the site.
- See the Millenium Wall, a collection of stone walls built by about 20 teams from Caithness to the Cotswolds that showcases how these add to the unique character of each region according to the local stone available in each area.
- Relax by the Geosteps, a special auditorium and performance arena where the ten risers represent the transition of rock ages in the UK from Pre-Cambrian (the earliest geological period, starting 4.6 billion years ago) to Tertiary (the most recent, starting 66 million years ago) in ascending order. The steps are of the famous local Hopton Wood Stone.
- Visit the Discovery Centre where you can enjoy fresh, local food and a selection of hot drinks with stunning views, purchase a gift from the Rock Shop and explore the Story of Stone exhibition. Free Wifi available.
How to find us:
By Car - The National Stone Centre is on the B5035 Cromford-Carsington road (if you're using Sat Nav please put in National Stone Centre before the postcode DE4 4LS)
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By Bus - Matlock [via Wirksworth] to Derby; Matlock to Ashbourne
By Train - Cromford Station 1.5 miles [Derby - Matlock]; Wirksworth Station 1 mile [Ecclesbourne Valley line from Duﬃeld]
By High Peak Trail - the trail runs through the National Stone Centre site (High Peak Trail) for walkers, cyclists and riders.
There is ample parking space for cars and coaches providing access to the National Stone Centre as well as the High Peak Trail. Our car parking meter takes contactless payment only. Fees are as follows:
Car £1.50 for two hours, £3 for 4 hours and £5 for all day.
Motorcycle £1 all day.
Camper, coach and horsebox £5 for 4 hours and £15 all day.
Other services and activities for groups
Any surplus generated from our commercial activities contributes to the running of the NSC which is a registered Charity. For more information on any of the following, visit nationalstonecentre.org.uk.
- School Groups: we can provide structured outdoor learning support in science subjects for key stage 1 and 2 pupils.
- Other Group Visits: from community groups to youth groups and geology groups – we can offer guided site tours tailored to your group's interests and abilities. We can also put together itineraries to combine with other local attractions and activities.
- Courses: offer regular courses in Dry Stone Walling and Stone Carving, ideal for beginners looking to gain an insight into the skills needed to underpin these traditional crafts. Gift vouchers are also available.
- Venue Hire: space can be hired for meetings or other events, onsite catering can be provided and experiences tailored to your needs.
- Stone Matching Service: from planning an extension in a conservation area to restoring a scheduled ancient monument, the NSC are able to identify and match the most appropriate stone.
We look forward to welcoming you to the National Stone Centre. It is private land open to the public to enjoy for recreational purposes. When on-site follow the signposted guidance and advice provided. The site’s main path along the Geotrail has recently been upgraded to be more accessible. Whilst the main path around the site is flat-surfaced, certain areas may be difficult to navigate due to natural causes such as weathering and loose rocks or stones. Wear suitable walking shoes, children and animals should be kept under close adult supervision at all times.
- Designated disabled parking
- Fully accessible disabled toilet
- Wheelchair accessible
- Local produce or homegrown food
- Gift shop
- Children's outdoor play area
- Free WIFI
- Dogs Accepted
- Scenic view
- School Trips
- Contactless Payment Accepted
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Outside seating
- On-site light refreshments
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