Instructing a youngster how to drystone wall

National Stone Centre


A dramatic site crammed with ancient tropical reefs, rocks and minerals, centuries of industrial history and abundant wildlife.

Visit the Stone Centre website

What makes it special

  • Learn and try drystone walling

Opening Times

Apr to Sep - 10:00 to 17:00 daily
Oct to Mar - 10:00 to 16:00 daily

Hostels nearby

YHA Eyam exterior

YHA Eyam

Meeting rooms
Free parking on premises

National Stone Centre

Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS

Map references

OS Map: 119

OS Grid Ref: SK286552

Lat/Lng: 53.09364, -1.573614

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

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The Heights of Abraham

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Red ion pub at the Crich (National) Tramway Museum

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Carsington Water, with sail boats and other boats on shore

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Mountain Biking at YHA Youlgreave

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Cycling at YHA Youlgreave

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Watersports at YHA Youlgreave

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