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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.
Read more about the history of the furnace.
Derwentcote Steel Furnace is part of the Land of Oak and Iron project, aiming to improve information and access to local heritage in the Derwent Valley. For more information please visit the Land of Oak and Iron website
Before You Go
Opening times: The grounds are open any reasonable time.
The interior of the furnace is open for guided tours on the following dates.
13th June - Tours at 11am and 2 pm. Family activity at 1-1.45pm
11th July - Tours at 11am and 2 pm. Family activity at 1-1.45pm
15th August - Tours at 11am and 2 pm. Family activity at 1-1.45pm
Furnace tours include an optional additional tour of the woodland walk, with the remains of industrial cottages and other features of interest.
Access: The grounds are very uneven, and not suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.
Parking: There is a car park on the opposite side of the A694. The car park is signposted. Please take care when crossing the road.