Derwentcote Steel Furnace

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Derwentcote Steel Furnace
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Looking for: Heritage, Historical
Address: Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
Postcode: NE17 7RS
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Outdoors
Telephone: 0370 333 1181
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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.


Before You Go

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.

Other Information: There is no access to the interior.



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.



Opening Times
30 April 2017 - 24 March 2018

Any reasonable time during daylight hours (Grounds only - no access to Furnace). Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.