National Stone Centre

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm Every day


The National Stone Centre welcomes groups of all kinds – whether you are interested in geology, paleontology, natural history, ecology or industrial archaeology, we have something for everyone. U3A groups and geological societies are particularly welcome.

There is ample space for car and coach parking and we have the Blue Lagoon Café on site for meals, snacks and drinks (group meals by special arrangement).


Guided Trails
We can provide an expert guide to lead a group visit along the Geo-Trail to introduce visitors to this fascinating site. Along the trail you will discover 320 million year old fossils, an ancient reef, quarries, the Millennium Wall, lime kilns and lead mines. Become immersed in the history, geology and industrial past of the Wirksworth area. The visit can also include a walk along the High Peak Trail, which crosses our site, to include the gritstone outcrop at Black Rocks from which there are commanding views over Cromford.

The current trail is unsuitable for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, however, the NSC has plans to bring the trail up to a suitable standard for all visitors during 2022.

For educational tours for adults or senior students there is a charge of £250 for a half day and £500 for a full day per guide. A guide can take up to 20 people, with a minimum group size of 10. Please see booking details at the bottom of the page.


National Stone Centre Group Visit Details
All group leaders, whether taking part in NSC activities or supervising their own groups, must complete a Booking Form and a Health & Safety Statement. Group leaders must contact us before the visit, and the Booking Form and Health & Safety Statement must be signed and returned to us before the group visit takes place.

For groups not requiring a guide there is a suggested donation of £25, which goes towards the maintenance of the site – please contact us for further information.



How to book
1. First check, by telephoning the National Stone Centre (01629 824833), to see if your chosen date is available before completing the booking form.
2. Download the PDF Booking Form complete and sign it and send it in by post or email.
3. Print out a copy of the Health & Safety Statement and return the signed copy together with the completed Booking Form to the National Stone Centre, either by post or email.
4. Print out a copy of the Risk Assessment for your own paperwork.

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

Employees from the Mineral Products Qualification Council MPQC and the Institute of Quarrying dropped by for a visit.

Spending the day at the site they had guided tours and participated in the activities on site.