National Stone Centre

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Location: B5035 Cromford-Carsington road south of Matlock. Derbyshire Dales.
Open: APR to SEP daily 10-17.
OCT to MAR daily 10-16.
Closed 25-DEC.
Classification: rock museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: National Stone Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton by Wirksworth, DE4 4LS, Tel: +44-1629-824833, Fax: +44-1629-824833. E-mail: contact
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The National Stone Center is an extraordinary museum dedicated to the mining and use of rocks. This topic is very rarely mentioned in other museums, even if they are mining related. Some say this "is so incredibly boring, the place to take the mother in law". Actually courses in Dry Stone Walling sound a little excentric. But the activities for children like gem panning and fossil rubbing are obviously loved by the kids. So we think it is a good place for a family weekend and definitely a fine place for people who love rocks and buildings made of rock, but definitely not interesting for every one.