A site 330 million years in the making

The National Stone Centre

A site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological wonders, the Stone Centre tells the story of stone. Its importance to our everyday lives and the allied industries it supports.


What's on at the NSC

There is always a warm welcome at the NSC. Keep an eye out for upcoming events, activities and special promotions.

Mary Anning - Event listing

The Mary Anning Maquette Exhibition: 1st May - 31st July

Mary Anning Talks - Event listing

An Evening Talk on Mary Anning: Thursday 18th July

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Join us from 6.00pm - 8.30pm for an evening talk on Mary Anning. Celebrating Mary Anning, the evening features the following talks:

Mary Anning and Women in Geology Through History by Leanne Hughes
Mary Anning's Palaeontology and Fossils of the National Stone Centre by Jim Riding

Tickets are priced at £15.00 per person, which includes a guided site tour and refreshments.

To book tickets, please visit the on-site Rock Shop or call 01629 824 833 to pay.

Location: National Stone Centre, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS.

Schools, Groups and Services

Meetings and Events

Groups looking for a unique place to meet can hire space for meetings or other events. Onsite catering can be provided and experiences tailored to your needs. 

Stone Matching

From planning an extension in a conservation area through to restoring a scheduled ancient monument, we can identify and match the most appropriate stone.

School Visits

For schools looking for a structured outdoor learning experience, we can provide learning support in science subjects for key stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Craft Courses

For those looking to expand their interest in stone as a material, we offer regular courses in Dry Stone Walling and Stone Carving. Both are ideal for beginners.

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Historic Mary Anning Maquette Arrives in Derbyshire

The Mary Anning maquette has arrived in Derbyshire as part of a national museum tour around the country. Mary Anning was a pioneering English fossil collector, dealer, and ...
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National Stone Centre

An immersive work experience for local geology students

Students from Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire recently saw the subject of geology brought to life through a week of work experience hosted by the National Stone Centre ...
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National Stone Centre

New team takes shape at the National Stone Centre

The ever-popular cafe at the National Stone Centre (NSC) near Wirksworth, Derbyshire is flourishing following a short closure at the end of last year for refurbishment and the ...
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National Stone Centre

Enjoy Traditional Treats for King’s Coronation at The National Stone Centre

Visitors to the National Stone Centre (NSC) in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, will be able to celebrate the King’s Coronation with a classically English afternoon tea, served all day on ...
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National Stone Centre

Upcoming talk about geologists and Derbyshire miners

Peak District Mining Museum will be hosting a guest lecture from a PhD student, Josh Hillman of Leeds Uni, on the 2nd May 2023. It explores how the work of John Woodward, a ...
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National Stone Centre

Major sponsorship to boost visitor learning experience at the NSC

Major Derbyshire Dales employer Longcliffe Quarries Ltd has joined forces with the National Stone Centre (NSC) in Wirksworth to highlight career opportunities in the quarrying ...
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National Stone Centre

The Stone Centre is a charity and dependent on a team of passionate volunteers and public donations.