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"The National Stone Centre" Cromford Things to Do Tip by stevezero

Cromford Things to Do: 35 reviews and 52 photos


The Story of Stone Exhibition (admission £1.60 adults; 80p children) which describes how the rock was formed and the variety of uses that stone is put to.

A self guiding leaflet can be purchased (10p) to the Discovering the Past trail. This is a gentle walk around the site where prehistoric fossil reefs and tropical lagoons are to be found.

Also outside, there is an area where it is possible to pan for minerals (50p whatever the age). Minerals found have included iron pyrites (fool's gold) and Olivine. Adults often make the mistake of only paying for children to try panning. Experience shows that adults have an even stronger desire to relive the heady days of the prospector and they soon take over after a few minutes. And the child, they get sent to get another pan.

Back inside, there is a well-stocked shop where the failed prospector can buy the minerals unsuccessfully panned for (or the 'some of us are just born prospectors', can increase their mineral collection). The shop also sells books, fossils and tea.

Directions: About 1km from High Peak Junction on The High Peak Trail, Or accesible by road, near Middleton Top, near Cromford
Phone: 01629 824833

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 6, 2005
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