Courses, Exhibitions and More at NSC

Discover a World of Stone at the National Stone Centre

Set within six disused 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 a wealth of outdoor and indoor activities for all the family including;

•    Outdoor fossil trail around the quarries & Millenium Wall
•    Visitor Centre with shop, café and “Building Britain” Exhibition
•    Activities for children including gem panning.


Courses at the NSC in Derbyshire

Dry Stone Walling Courses at the NSC, Derbyshire

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 a Dry Stone Walling Course for Improvers.


Stone Carving Courses at the NSC, Derbyshire

Learn the skills required for stone sculpturing with our Stone Carving Course. Our stone carving course is one of our most popular courses.


Lime Rendering Courses at the NSC, Derbyshire

Want to learn how to mix and apply lime render then why not try one of our Working with Lime Courses.



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.

The site is open all year round with no entrance charge to the grounds. The Visitor Centre is open every day (except Christmas and Boxing Days). There is ample car and coach parking and the site is easy to find. There are facilities for the less able - see Visitor Services for more details.

The NSC welcomes groups to visit our site and we would be happy to arrange guided tours tailored to your needs.

Why not have your meeting at the National Stone Centre?

 You can now hire either our conference room or the new extension to the Visitor Centre – please contact us for further information.

Parking facilities by honesty boxes recommended donations:

  • Car £1 for half day
  • Motorcycle 50p for half day
  • Coaches £5 for half day (free with school visits)
  • Camper Van £5/night
  • Lorries £3



We want you to enjoy your visit to the National Stone Centre. This is a site with many mine shafts and old quarries - please take care at all times and keep well away from cliff edges and quarry faces. The paths are slippery and uneven - please stay on the waymarked trail and public footpaths keeping children and pets under close supervision at all times.

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


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