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Finch Foundry

Sticklepath | Near Okehampton, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
+44 1837 840046
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REMARKEDLY ENGAGING FOR SUCH A SMALL NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTY

It’s the last working water-powered forge in England with large waterwheels driving the forge... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Martin T
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
Stop off on your way to Cornwall

The old A30 went right pass this Foundry's door. It's an ideal place to break the journey down to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
SevernBites
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Edinburgh
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Sticklepath | Near Okehampton, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
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Reviewed yesterday

It’s the last working water-powered forge in England with large waterwheels driving the forge bellows and the hammers. Open through to the end of October, there’s demonstrations of the ancient equipment and a resident smithy making craft items. The forge has an attractive garden with...More

Thank Martin T
Reviewed 3 days ago

The old A30 went right pass this Foundry's door. It's an ideal place to break the journey down to Cornwall. The Foundry itself is fascinating. Regular tours are run to explain the machinery and see it and the water wheels in action. There's a lovely...More

Thank SevernBites
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Very interesting and very educational. Very narrow archway driving in so care is needed. Plenty of parking. Demonstrations and talk explaining history. Able to purchase stuff made in front of you. Lovely little tea room. Grounds are lovely too. If you...More

Thank annem2705
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a lovely place to visit. We were lucky enough to arrive just as a talk was in progress about the water driven machinery, so we were able to see it in action. Quite incredible to think that this tiny foundry once was the busiest...More

Thank TauntonBob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Be careful you could drive past it as we did and apparently lots of others do as well. Tucked away in the middle of the village is this little gem. The workshops are kept in great working order and there are demonstrations that take place...More

Thank kevinackford_62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely visit to Finch Foundry. The weather was great, so we started by getting a pot of tea and some scones from the little tearoom, and sat outside. Then, we enjoyed looking around. We loved the demonstation. It was fascinating. The grounds...More

Thank Touring_Madly_Deeply
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took me back to my youth when places like that still were around in the 60s-70s. Plenty to see in the different rooms. And the water wheels. We had lunch in café, very good. Carpark ok but tight squeeze through passage! Seats for picnic overlooking...More

Thank pyro2016
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Not the easiest access for anyone with physical disabilities. Very friendly staff/volunteers. Extra thanks to Dennis you gave very interesting talk and demonstrations. Never thought about how all the old hand tools were made, this was well explained. Cafe was small but refreshments were excellent...More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 2 May 2017

A glimpse into the past showing the way things once were. Although only small the site was full of interest and a wonderful place for a short break. Pleasant tea room on site and walks by river.

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We started with the Easter Egg hunt (we did very well from the 'free egg hunt offer' for new National Trust members with our renewal). This took us to most of the parts of the foundry - but finished up with the demonstrations in the...More

Thank MomandBusiness
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Greenle
Can you recommend the tea room for lunch?
5 September 2015|
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Response from Garry Andre A | Reviewed this property |
We only had a cup of tea , but beware , Do Not try the pub over the road , it was disgusting and dirty
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Can you bring well behaved dogs ?
10 June 2015|
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Response from LichenMoss | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are welcome in all areas except for the tea room. If the weather is good you can sit outside with your dog in the garden adjacent to the outdoor tea room. I don't know if there is anywhere to tie your dog whilst you... More
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