Derwentcote Steel Furnace

Free Entry

Open any reasonable daylight hours. There is no access to the interior


Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS

Before You Go

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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.


Plan a Great Day Out

Visit Prudhoe Castle, which survived two sieges during the 1170s and was the only Northumbrian castle to resist Scottish invasion. There are also some well-preserved sections of Hadrian's Wall nearby at Heddon-on-the-Wall.

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