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Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms

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

Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

13 May 2017, 09.00 to 10.00 | £2.50 per person

Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms, Swadlincote, Derbyshire01530

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Nordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides bebefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit. The walk is done over different terrain, taking in the surrounding countryside. Nordic Walking has many benefits including a cross training effect between cardiovasular and endurance conditioning. This actvity also tones the upper body and the lower body. This is a great way to get active especially if you can't run or struggle with mobility. Booking essential.

Wild Plant Walk
Wild Plant Walk

Wild Plant Walk

14 May 2017, 10.00 to 12.00 | Free

Moira Furnace Museum and Tea Rooms, Swadlincote, Derbyshire01283

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The walk will cover a variety of environments: woodland, meadow, tow-path and parkland.  We will be looking at the wild plants growing along the way, and discuss the folklore associated with them, as well as their culinary, medicinal and other uses.

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