Our story starts 300 million years ago

Sculpture Centre Steps




The Discovery Centre will be closing on 24th December 2016 for approximately two months for re-furbishment.

The National Stone Centre site will remain open to the public for their enjoyment as usual during this period. Please note that no facilities will be available whilst the Discovery Centre is closed.

The Discovery Centre will re-open in March 2017 with a new exhibition, new re-located cafe, new educational area and new toilets.

We hope you will come back to see and enjoy the new facilities next year.

National Stone Centre Board of Trustees


Discover a world of geology that has been 300 million years in the making.

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 NSC is a 50 acre site of Special Geological Scientific Interest offering outdoor and indoor activities for all.

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


Ever wanted to try your hand at traditional stone crafts?

Dry Stone Walling Courses

We also run introductory Traditional Stone Craft courses. Why not book onto one of our Dry Stone Walling Courses for Beginners, or if you've already completed the Dry Stone Walling Course for Beginners then we also offer an advanced Dry Stone Walling Course.


Stone Carving Courses

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

The stone carving course is one of our most popular courses so its wise to book early.



We also have an active education programme covering Earth Science topics for all key stages – see Schools pages for more detail. We provide courses for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 3 and 4, and Sixth Form.




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