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Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
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All reviews national trust well worth a visit car park castle drogo tea room little gem informative talk industrial history nt property interesting place nt members tea shop snails small museum fascinating insight local area river walk
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Really interesting, very informative guide.. live demonstrations at this 19th-century water-powered forge in a dramatic Dartmoor setting. The foundry is part of The'Four Villages' walking trail. beautiful countryside. Good area For dog walking.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Serena L
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Lovely visit provided you don't mind getting wet or quite a lot of noise. Different to most national trust places.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Deborah P
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Limited space to view blacksmith at work but he was happy to chat and tell you about his craft. He also sells the things he makes, e.g. tongs, bottle openers, ornamental snails. The talk about the forge was good, fancinating history. Café had limited stock...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed October 30, 2018

A fascinating place, with good talks from the staff and demos of black-smith work and the water wheel foundry. Very few working water wheels left, so do visit and support this place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stuart B
Reviewed October 23, 2018

As NT members we used Finch Foundry as a handy break on our journey home from Cornwall. In our visit lasting just under 2 hours we learned how forges like this were so important to the local community being able to undertake many kinds of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank k r
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Visited the National trust foundry and so pleased we are members as we really felt that it wasnt possibly worth the non member entry price, especially for a family with under 8 children . There is a working blacksmith demonstrating the craft which was interesting...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

Visited after visiting Castle Drogo, as this is near by, you only need less than a hour here and this cant be missed. Being National Trust members means visiting this place is free and I would not recommend paying just come here. The National Trust...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ashleeey90
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Realy enjoyed our visit, a stroll, a snack. and a fascinating talk on the history and workings of the forge and the family and people that worked it. I somtimes get fed up looking round statley homes and their oppulance. this was real life for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Back to the truly amazing Finch Foundry for the third time. It’s well worth a visit. Tamsyn (from NT) is incredibly knowledgeable and so enthusiastic if we didn’t already love the place we would have to come back again anyway. Added to that resident blacksmith...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve D
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We called here on our way to Padstow, Such a lovely place. as all National Trust nice coffee shop. The volunteers are really informative. Really enjoyed our visit

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 17, 2017|
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Response from kevinackford_62 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they do, they have them at set times during the day and will give you the times when you arrive.
September 5, 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
June 10, 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