Visit The National Stone Centre – Wirksworth, Derbyshire

What To Expect

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that The National Stone Centre is a quarry where you could go and order a lorry load of stone. However, that’s definitely not the case at all.

The National Stone Centre (NSC) is actually a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You can take in some of the activities, enjoy the 40 acres of trails and marvel at the geological formations. You can also enjoy a seriously good cup of coffee along with a bite to eat. At the same time catch some outstanding views from the terrace.

The little ones can enjoy the children’s play area which is just below the terrace where you can keep a watchful eye.  

Although the cafe ‘Gastro Pod’ is a great place to enjoy some refreshments you could also come prepared. Come along with your own food and eat at one of several picnic areas within the complex.

Your visit is pretty much guaranteed to be fun for all the family. 

How Much Does It Cost?

Actually, you can visit the NSC for FREE. 

However, its worth bearing in mind that the NSC is run by volunteers and relies entirely of the modest profit it receives from the ‘Gastro Pod’, ‘Gift Shop’  and your donations. All donations are most welcome.

Geology & Paleontology

As the site is home to no less than 6 historical limestone quarries there’s an opportunity to learn from the exposed faces. There’s is also a small indoor museum located in the centre.

However, you should be aware as this is an area of Scientific Interest it means that you can’t just bring your own hammer and chisel and start helping yourself to fossils or stone.

Small groups can also arrange guided tours but you’ll need to phone before-hand to make arrangements for this. 

Educational Guided Tours

Groups, Schools and University Studends can all benefit from the Guided Trails which can be tailored to suit the subjects being studied. Subjects covered can vary from geography, geology, paleontology, industrial history and environmental studies.

When you realize that thousands of students have already passed through these trails on with an educational tour. Are you are interested in arranging a visit with a group of students? Then please discuss this with the staff at the centre before completing the online form.

Courses On Offer

As you follow the trails around the centre you’ll see some fine examples of dry stone walling from all around the country.

Dry Stone Walling Course for Beginners

Held over a weekend, the course covers the basic skills of dry stone walling with a section on stone sourcing as well as a guided trail along the Millennium Wall.

This course also provides the basic skills required for the more advanced Dry Stone Walling – Improving your skills course.

Course Duration: 2 Days

Course Price: £95

Dry Stone Walling Course – Improving your skills

This course builds on the skills gained on the Dry Stone Walling for Beginners course.

The course may include terracing, wall ends, seats and other stone features to do with dry stone walling.

Tutors and trainees will decide together which features will be built on each weekend.

We recommend completing the Dry Stone Walling for beginners course before attending the Stone Features for Improvers course in order to gain the basic skills.

Experience Level: Must have completed the Beginners Course

Course Duration: 2 Days

Course Price: £95


Stone Carving Course (1 Day Taster)

Learn some of the traditional skills of stone carving on our taster day course. Our tutor, Mark Eaton, is a very experienced stone mason and loves to pass on his skills and knowledge. Most people who come on the course already have an idea of what they want to carve, if not, then Mark will guide you – obviously, within reason!  All materials, tools, safety equipment, etc are provided as part of the course. 

The taster day is the first day of the three day courses run here at the National Stone Centre. If you book the taster day and decide you want to continue with your carving, you can extend your course by paying the difference for the next day or two.


Stone Carving Course (2 Days) &  Stone Carving Course (3 Days)

Stone Carving  2 Day Course – £179

Stone Carving  3 Day Course – £229

Learn some of the traditional skills of stone carving on our 2 or 3 day course. Our tutor, Mark Eaton, is a very experienced stone mason and loves to pass on his skills and knowledge. Most people who come on the course already have an idea of what they want to carve, if not, then Mark will guide you – obviously, within reason!  All materials, tools, safety equipment, etc are provided as part of the course.


Stone Carving Restoration Course (4 Days)

The Stone Carving Restoration course is designed for professionals within the construction industry. Over the four days you will learn about the history of stone carving, the types of stone used, techniques of construction, etc. The course includes visiting local buildings of interest regarding stone carving and methods of restoration.

Cost is £279

And For the Walkers

The NSC is located right beside the High Peak Trail so if you wanted to relax for an hour along the route this is an ideal place to do it.

Website: www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk
Tel: Office 01629 824833 Cafe 01629 825537
Email: nsc@nationalstonecentre.org.uk
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Opening Hours: 10am – 5 pm Apr – Sep
10am – 4 pm Oct – Mar
7 days a week
Address: The National Stone Centre
Porter Lane
Wirksworth
Derbyshire
DE4 4LS
United Kingdom




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The National Stone Centre (NSC) is actually a Site of Special Scientific Interest where you can take in some of the activities, enjoy the 40 acres of trails and marvel at the geological formations.
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