Our story starts 300 million years ago

Sculpture Centre Steps



The Discovery Centre re-opened on the 2nd April 2017 with a new exhibition, new re-located cafe run by a talented local chef, phase 1 changes to the educational area and fully refurbished toilets. 

TV celebrity and professor, Iain Stewart formally re-opened the Discovery Centre. Local artists  displayed a range of artwork as well as local bands kept the visitors entertained.

Ian Stewart, MBE FGS is a Scottish geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

New from July, we are pleased to say that our gift shop is now open.

2nd April opening 



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 gift shop, Gastropod 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.



Finally, please remember, this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - fossil collecting and hammering is strictly forbidden.



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