Visitors

Come and experience Derbyshire as it was 300 million years ago!

Follow the fossil trail, linger by a tropical lagoon and explore ancient reefs.

Our half mile self guided outdoor Geo-Trail will take you through the disused limestone quarries whose rocks once formed part of a tropical island with shallow lagoons, barrier reefs and white sand beaches! These rocks are packed with fossils including corals, brachiopods and crinoids. Crinoids
Cranoids 

 

 

brachiopods
 

 

Millenium Wall

 

In June 2000 over 150 members of the Dry Stone Walling Association from all over Britain built 19 different sections of dry stone wall in their own local materials and completed the Millennium Wall.

Wallers and dykers worked in their own traditional styles to make this wonderful outdoor museum of Britsh traditional dry stone walling.

 

Building Britain Exhibition

Visit our “Building Britain” Exhibition in the Visitor Centre. Here you can learn all about how the Earth is made, examine rocks and minerals under a microscope and see how rock and stone are extracted and used in construction and their importance to our everyday lives.

Afterwards, why not have a snack and a drink in our Café and browse the best rock and fossil shop in the Midlands.

 

Activities for Children

We have indoor activities for children of all ages. Outside, enjoy gem panning, go on a fossil hunt or try fossil rubbing along the quarry trail. Indoor activities include exploring rocks with a microscope, building a lightweight dry stone wall, or setting off an earthquake in the Tremor Zone! Discover rocks with a Rock Box. Try your hand at building a crystal model or making your own trilobite. Plenty of fun for all the family.

 

Less able Visitors

There is a designated parking area for less able visitors giving level access to the Visitor Centre and activity areas. The outdoor Geo-Trail follows natural contours and is not suitable for wheelchair users. Toilets for less able visitors are located inside the Visitor Centre

 

Car Parking

Car parking by donation!

 

Yes we are proud to be meter free so no scrambling around for pound coins.

 

We rely on donations through "honesty boxes". 100% of money donated goes to keeping the site open to the great British public.

 

There is ample parking space for car and coaches providing access to the National Stone Centre as well as the High Peak Trail.

To keep the site open and maintain our parking by donation policy, we would welcome the suggested donations:

  • Car £1 for half day or £1.50 for the full day to explore or go hiking
  • Motorcycle 50p
  • Coaches £5 for half day (free with school visits)
  • Camper Van £5/night
  • Alien craft (donate in whatever currency you use)
 
No Parking Meter 

 

Attention – please be aware of the uneven nature of the site and the presence of old quarry faces and mine shafts. Children and animals should be kept under close adult supervision at all times.


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