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.

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.

Opening times

Country Park: All year, 9am - 5pm.

Museum (Easter to end of Oct half term): Sat-Thurs (School holidays) 11am - 4pm, Wed,Sat & Sun (Term time) 11am - 4pm.

Joseph Wilkes Narrowboat: Easter to end of Oct half term - As per Museum.

Museum Guided Tour & Boat Trip: Winter Advanced group bookings only.


Museum entry: Adults £2.50, Children (4-15 years) 1.50. 3 years and under Free. Joseph Wilkes Narrow Boat: Adults £3, Children (over 4 years) £2. Long Lunchtime trip (45 mins) Adults £5, Children (over 4 years) £3.


  • 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