Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. It produced high grade steel for springs and cutting tools.
For visitors with access needs, The grounds are very uneven, and not suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.
A free guided walk programme is run by a team of dedicated and knowledgeable Volunteer Guides. Key features of the tours include a handling collection, a tour the interior of the conical furnace building, which has been previously closed to the public, and a tour of the archaeological remains of various iron/steel works – including a crucible furnace, worker’s cottages and water wheel.
All tours start at 11am and last approx. 45 minutes, with time at the end for visitors to independently enjoy the exhibition on display inside the furnace building and chat with guides. Pre-booking is no longer required.
The meeting point for all tours is the furnace building. Please wear sturdy footwear as the woodland can be muddy. Our next tours will be:
- Friday 19th May
- Friday 9th June
- Saturday 1st July
- Sunday 9th July
- Monday 24th July
- Saturday 5th August
- Sunday 20th August
Please note: In very inclement weather the tour may not go ahead and if the site is icy, then the tour may be shortened slightly.
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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good4
- john eGateshead, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelNot much has changedTuesday, 24th August 2021I passd by while on a short walk in the area, and took time to renew my impressions of the site. With a bit of imagination you can understand why it was built there, and why it fell into disuse... Read full review
- SeabhagArgyll and Bute, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesInformative and enjoyable guided tourTuesday, 31st August 2021The guide, John, was welcoming and informative. The walk was informal but educational, John answered lots of questions and our small group had a lovely hour. The information boards were good, but... Read full review
- john SNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelEnjoyable ane informativeSaturday, 1st July 2023Great visit to Derwentcote Furnace.Guide John (English Hertiage) was very good .Access to Furnace and interesting walk around the site . Read full review
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Picnic Site
Parking & Transport
- Car Parking Offsite - There is a car park on the opposite side of the A694. The car park is signposted. Please take care when crossing the road.
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs allowed on leads.
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
|2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
* Open any reasonable daylight hours. There is no access to the interior, access can be arranged via our guided tour programme.