National Stone Centre, Middleton by Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Peak District
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages
National Stone Centre, Middleton by Wirksworth
The main feature of the centre is its permanent display of rocks and minerals and the story of their formation, which is housed in the 'Discovery Centre' at the site. Outside there is a trail around the quarries of the site, which includes one of the best fossil reefs in the country plus an old lime kiln and the shafts of several former lead mines.
How to get there
the B5035 from Cromford to Carsington and Ashbourne goes past the door. Cromford, lies on the A6 Derby-Matlock road. Car parking is available at the centre.
By Bus: the R61 and 213 buses from Matlock to Derby and Wirksworth respectively stop at the centre.
By Train: Cromford station (on the Matlock - Derby line) lies apprximately 3km distant.
When is it open?
The centre is open all year, seven days per week. Summer hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm and winter hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm.
What does it cost?
Discovery Centre Entry Costs - £5.00 Adult/ £2.00 Children/ £3.50 Concessions/ £15.00 Family (includes 2 Children's Activity Packs, which cost £3 each normally). The Discovert Centre is closed until March 2017 for renovation.
Phone 01629 824833 for group bookings
Access to the grounds is free.
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening
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