Derwentcote Steel Furnace Free Guided Tours Dates announced

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Our partners at English Heritage are running free guided walks, led by a team of knowledgeable volunteers around Derwentcote Steel Furnace.Built in the 1720s,

Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace to have survived in Britain.Situated in the Derwent Valley, this steel furnace was once at the centre of Britain’s steel industry.

The site fell into disrepair after its closure in 1891. In 1990 the site was restored by English Heritage and is now open to the public.

English Heritage information

This year we are delighted to announce a guided walks programme at Derwentcote Steel Furnace, with the first tours beginning in May 2021 and running on selected days through to August 2021.

The guided walks will be run by a team of dedicated and knowledgeable Volunteer Guides. Key features of the tours will include a handling collection, a tour of both 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 will be free and last approx. 45 minutes, with time at the end for visitors to independently enjoy the exhibition on display inside the furnace building.

To book use link below

Link to learn more about the site on Land of Oak and Iron website

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