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National Stone Centre

Porter Lane, Wirksworth DE4 4LS, England
+44 1629 824833
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A splendid cafe with a terrific view!

We've visited the Gastro Pod on many occasions and have always enjoyed the experience. The setting... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike S
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Not exactly alot to see, stone and different types of wall building, area needs a little tidying... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Derby, United Kingdom
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Porter Lane, Wirksworth DE4 4LS, England
+44 1629 824833
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Reviewed yesterday

We've visited the Gastro Pod on many occasions and have always enjoyed the experience. The setting is terrific, it's very close to the High Peak Trail, not far from the 6.1 bus route and there's a large car park, so accessibility is good. The food...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not exactly alot to see, stone and different types of wall building, area needs a little tidying up, visitors centre has a small exhibition centre and shop. Car parking is free but with a honesty box (£1).

Thank johnhp702
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We found this whilst out walking and had a look around, outside. Well set out, showing different building styles, clearly a good place for children, and with a cafe, toilets etc

Thank Westview50
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Worth the visit for the views. There is a lot to learn about stone, it may not be that interesting to the younger members of a group but there are things organized for them. The cafe has been upgraded and should have a nice patio...More

Thank tom g
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This was an event set up by East Midlands Geological Society and NSGGA with a talk and experiments in the morning and a walking tour around the site in the afternoon. Amazing for budding geologists and a site well worth a visit. Wonderful cafe serving...More

Thank Janet O
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This was our first visit and see were delighted with it . Easy to park and good access to walks . The Geo Walk is excellent .Short but very interesting .The stone walls are fascinating . A good cafe with lovely toasted sandwiches . Informative...More

1  Thank lorenzo01
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Visited the Gastro Pod today and I was in for a pleasant surprise. New management and a much better menu with new features added. The staff were very friendly and made me a Cheddar cheese and coleslaw salad, which was very fresh and tasty, along...More

Thank DaveM236
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Easy to find with plentiful parking ( honesty box for payment). The Geo-trail was well marked out and thought provoking. if you are interested in geology you will love it.

Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Impromptu visit here and very surprised. Free parking (£1 in honesty box) and the visitors centre has a little exhibition about geology as well as toilets / gift shop / cafe. There is also a tiny kids play area but it looks brand new. Very...More

1  Thank andy s
Reviewed 21 August 2017

First visit to the stone center its free and parking is only £1 for half a day. I really enjoyed it. We bought a children's activity pack from the information center, my 5 year old loved the brass rubbings, we enjoyed the trail and the...More

1  Thank ChannyInTheSky
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Questions & Answers
12 April 2017|
Response from Jerry C | Property representative |
Hi, although the site is set in six former quarries a substantial part of the site is accessible with a buggy including the Millennium Wall and fossil beds and Discovery Centre, pick up a free Trail Guide to navigate around... More
June M
19 February 2016|
Response from Jerry C | Property representative |
You and your dog will be most welcome.