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

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

Guided Tours

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.

Please note that pre-booking is essential via the button below. 

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Before You Go

Opening times: The grounds are open any reasonable time.

The interior of the furnace is occasionally open for guided tours.

Heritage Open Days - 2021: The interior of the furnace will be open on Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th September, from 11am to 1pm, with volunteer guides available to answer questions and offer short, 20 minute tours of the site.

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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