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Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms

Moira Furnace Museum is set in a country park and the resorted stretch of the Ashby Canal runs alongside. Boat trips on the Joseph Wilkes Narrow boat run throughout the Summer season, a relaxing sail along the canal watching the local wildlife.

The Furnace played a significant part of the industrial revolution and is probably one of the most important blast furnaces still in existence throughout Europe. Built in Moira by the late Sir Rawdon Hastings, The Earl of Moira, due to the lands minerals and the location of the canal for transportation.

The Furnace's failure, due to poor management and poor quality minerals became housing for residents of the evolving Moira village, until the 1970's. The site had cottage industries such as cobblers, bakers and a seamstress to name a few, allotments, orchards and life stock, quite a community in its own right.

The site has a children's play area, ancient woodland, lime kilns, walks, fishing and a craft village housing the tea room.


  • Baby Changing FacilitiesBaby Changing Facilities

  • Car ParkingCar Parking

  • Children WelcomeChildren Welcome

  • Children's Play AreaChildren's Play Area

  • Coach ParkingCoach Parking

  • Conference FacilitiesConference Facilities

  • Disabled ParkingDisabled Parking

  • Disabled ToiletsDisabled Toilets

  • Dogs AllowedDogs Allowed

  • Educational ActivitiesEducational Activities

  • FishingFishing

  • Gift ShopGift Shop

  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area

  • Restaurant CafeRestaurant Cafe

  • ToiletsToilets

  • Walking TrailsWalking Trails

  • Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Access

  • Surfaced PathsSurfaced Paths

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  • Opening times

    Country Park
    All year
    9am - 5pm

    Museum (Easter to end of Sept)
    Tues - Sun (School holidays)
    11am - 4pm

    Museum (Easter to end Sept)
    Sat - Sun (Term time)
    11am - 4pm

    Joseph Wilkes Narrowboat
    Easter to end Sept
    As per Museum

    Museum Guided Tour & Boat Trip
    Advanced group bookings only

  • Admissions

    Adult: 2.00
    Concession: 1.00
    Child (3 - 15 yrs): 1.00

    Museum Guided Tour
    Adult: 4.00
    Concession: 4.00
    Child (3 yrs plus): 4.00

    Joseph Wilkes Narrow Boat
    Adult: 2.50
    Child (3 yrs plus): 1.50

    Museum & boat group booking
    Adult: 5.00
    Concession: 5.00
    Child (3 yrs plus): 5.00

  • Address

    Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6AT

Upcoming Events

Moira Canal Festival
Moira Canal Festival

Moira Canal Festival

19 May 2018 to 20 May 2018, 10.00 to 17.30 | £5/£2.50

Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms, Swadlincote, Derbyshire07989

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The 2018 festival is in the National Forest at the historic Moira Furnace, North West Leicestershire on the restored length of the Ashby Canal. There is planned to be a Great War group, with their living history camp and drill demonstrations, Dangerous Steve – with his extreme juggling skills, and parrots and owls will be around. The old ways will be recreated with a demonstration of horse drawn boating – courtesy of Shreck – he can pull a heavy boat but is as gentle as they come. There is planned to be a Battle of Britain Flight flypast, music with an assortment of bands and singers over the weekend. Morris dancing will liven things up, there will be crafty fun and entertainment for the children, live steam, train rides, a variety of stalls and demonstrations, boats, bar and refreshments which will all revolve around the banks of the Ashby Canal at Moira Furnace. Also meet Mother Duck and her ducklings and enter a duck in the Duck Race along the Ashby Canal! Trade stand booking now open, contact Dave at Or for further general information visit , or contact Geoff on 07989 550427,


Canal, Coal, Clay & Bricks
Canal, Coal, Clay & Bricks

Canal, Coal, Clay & Bricks

20 May 2018, 10.00 to 13.00 | Free.

Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms, Swadlincote, Derbyshire01283

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Starting at Moira Furnace we will take the Ashby Canal towpath to Donisthiorpe Woodlands, which was once the most productive coal pit in the UK. We will then pass by the old station and brickworks to follow the former route of Ashby Canal to Oakthorpe pit, Willesley juction contiuing to Hicks Lodge and take the Newfields Trail back to Moira. The route includes mainly good paths with some fields and possibly wet, rough areas.

Moira Heritage Walk
Moira Heritage Walk

Moira Heritage Walk

28 May 2018, 14.00 to 16.00 | £2 per person, Children free. Free parking

Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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A history of the Moira Furnace to include coal mining, clay working, waterways and the social history of the people who lived and worked here. "Door boys, horse boys and butties". What did they do? Join us to find out. A visit to Moira Furnace free to all at the end of the walk.


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