Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park

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, and leave every 20 minutes starting at 10:20am with the last trip at 3:40pm.

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.

After the Furnace's failure due to poor management and poor quality minerals, the site 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.

Opening times

Country Park: Open all year.

Car park: 9am - 5pm October to March; 9am - 7pm April - September.

Museum and Narrowboat: 10am - 4pm weekends and bank holidays from April - October including October half term; weekdays (except Wednesday) between: 1st April - 16th April; 27th May - 4th June; 15th July - 3rd September.

Other opening times during the year will be announced on Moira Furnace's social media channels. 


Museum entry: Adults £3.00, Children 4-16 years £1.00, under 3 years free; family tickets available. Joseph Wilkes Narrow Boat: Adults £3.00, Children 4-16 years £2.00, under 3 years free. Family tickets available.


  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Car Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Play Area
  • Coach Parking
  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Educational Activities
  • Fishing
  • Gift Shop
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Wheelchair Access

Location Map

Furnace Lane Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6AT