Open any reasonable daylight hours. There is no access to the interior, access can be arranged via our guided tour programme.
Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
Built around 1730, 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.
Our free guided walk programme is run by our 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;
- Sunday 1st October
- Saturday 7th October
- Monday 16th October
- Saturday 4th November
- Saturday 18th November
- Friday 1st December
- Saturday 3rd February
- Friday 9th February
- Sunday 18th February
- Monday 19th February
- Sunday 25th February
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.
Before You Go
Opening times: The grounds are open any reasonable time. The interior of the furnace is occasionally open for guided tours.
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.