Built in around 1730, Derwentcote Steel Furnace turned iron from Sweden into ‘blister’ steel that could be later used to make tools. The Steel Furnace was part of a network of steel producers in the north-east that was renowned for its quality across Europe. Derwentcote Steel Furnace produced steel until the end of the 19th century. The property came into possession of English Heritage in 1985 who have since undertaken conservation and research on the site. In a very rural location, English Heritage run semi-regular tours of the property for visitors to enjoy.

Visitors can take part in guided walks around the set. These tours are led by knowledgeable volunteers who can tell you everything you want to know about the most complete example of a steel furnace in Britain! The tours are 45 minutes in length with plenty of time after to explore the furnace.

Click here for information about when tours are held.


There are no facilities on the site. The terrain can be uneven and is not suitable for wheelchairs.

There is a nearby bus service. While there is no car parking on the site, there is a picnic and parking area a short walk away.

Visit Stott Park Bobbin Mill, another example of industry in the north of England.

Q Is there onsite parking?

No, but there is a small parking and picnic area a short walk away before the turning.

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