Things to see and do at Finch Foundry
On your visit, you can learn about the story behind this Victorian innovation and look around the grounds behind the foundry
The story of the last working water-powered forge in England will be revealed during your visit. You'll 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.
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. From here, you can see the launder, which supplies the water needed to drive the massive machinery.
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 to do before you're 11 3/4
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.
- Have a snail race
- Make a trail with sticks
- 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