Walking along a trail at the  National Stone CentreAbout the National Stone Centre

The National Stone Centre site covers 50 acres (20 Ha), about half of which is designated nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features. It is also on a select list of sites (as part of the National Geological Conservation Review) for its fossil lagoon/reef mound features and shark remains.

Opening hours

The National Stone Centre site is open all year round with no entrance charge. See more about our seasonal opening hours.More information on Opening Hours

How to find us

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Charity information

The National Stone Centre is an independent registered educational charity.

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Contact us

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Almost all the site is of limestone deposited in Carboniferous times 330 million years ago. At the bottom (southern edge), the limestone is overlain by younger shales and mudstones (and thin glacial deposits) which also form the rising ground, below the Millstone Grit crags.

The National Stone Centre's aim is to tell the 'Story of Stone' in the UK - its geological origins, the history of its working from earliest times, its multiplicity of uses, environmental issues and its contribution to landscape and art. The National Stone Centre provides:

Panorama of the National Stone Centre site
The National Stone Centre is an Independent Registered Education Charity
Patron: The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire