Things to see & do

Victorian industry

An old photo of workers at Finch Foundry © National Trust

An old photo of workers at Finch Foundry

Uncover the story of  the last working water-powered forge in England.  Learn about the important part the Finch family and their foundry played in Dartmoor's industrial history and why Sticklepath was the ideal location to start a business.

The gallery

Find out about the Finch family and dress up as a Victorian © National Trust staff

Find out about the Finch family and dress up as a Victorian

Venture up to the gallery to learn about the history of water wheels, Dartmoor industry and the Finch family whose tools became famous in Victorian England.  Once outside, spend a while on our viewing platform which overlooks our garden and its beautiful surroundings.  From here, you can also see the launder, which supplies the water needed to drive the massive machinery.

The garden

Autumn in the garden © National Trust staff

Autumn in the garden

Take a stroll through our cottage garden and see a wide range of plants and flowers and if you're lucky, some local wildlife.  A perfect spot to relax and unwind.

50 things challenge

Get outside into the fresh air, have fun and have a go at our challenge.  Pick up a scrap book and make a start while you're here.

  • Go on a bug hunt
  • Have a snail race
  • Make a grass trumpet


The power of water ....

  • the course of the leat from the river to the water wheels
  • the unofficial use for the polishing wheel
  • how far away you can hear the one ton trip hammer
  • Tom Pearse's summerhouse
  • the Quaker burying ground

Lots to do

To make the most of your family day out, find out more about the activities you can do here. 

We also have a range of events to enjoy - don't miss Spooky stories and shopping on 31 October.