Visiting Finch Foundry: What you need to know

Looking across the garden to the back of Finch Foundry

Finch Foundry is open for pre-booked guided tours only. Please read the information below about what to expect from a visit.

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How to book

Booking is essential for visiting Finch Foundry. Every Friday we release new bookings for visits in the following two weeks. 

  • Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don't need a ticket.
  • You'll need to choose an arrival time on the hour of the day you want to visit.
  • ​Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time of your slot; your tour starts on the hour.
  • Bookings are for your use only and are not available for resale.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

 

Changing your booking

If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily change or cancel your booking. We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors. 

If you’re a member, the option to cancel or change your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage your order online' underneath your order summary. 

For non-members, please ring us on 0344 249 1895 to discuss changing your booking.

 

Book your visit

Please note you need to book tickets to visit Finch Foundry.

 

What's open

What you see on your guided tour:

  • The gallery – which has information about the history of the foundry and the Finch family.
  • The launder – which collects the water needed to power the waterwheels. 
  • The forge – where the massive hammers, giant shears and a huge sharpening stone are housed.
  • The carpenter’s workshop – with examples of some of the tools made at Finch over the years.

The garden is open to explore, with picnic benches and space for blankets. The toilets are open all day.

Our shop and tea-room have closed since your last visit.

Talk and demonstration at Finch Foundry, Devon
Talk and demonstration at Finch Foundry, Devon
Talk and demonstration at Finch Foundry, Devon

Arrival and parking

Parking

Access to the car park is through a stone archway in the foundry building. The archway is 2.3m high and 2m wide.

Please be aware of people walking as the road to the car park goes through the garden. There is no designated accessible parking, however you can drop off passengers, just after exiting the archway, outside visitor welcome.

The car park is free. No overnight parking allowed.

Vehicle access to car park at Finch Foundry
Stone archway, vehicle access to car park at Finch Foundry
Vehicle access to car park at Finch Foundry

Arrival

Please head to the visitor welcome area with your ticket ready to show our staff, either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. You must have a ticket for everyone over 5.

In order for the guided tour to start promptly, please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your time slot. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your slot, entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

The tour will last around an hour however there is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Finch Foundry during your visit. Access to the foundry buildings is only available as part of the guided tour, however you’re free to explore the garden, and make use of the picnic benches and toilets.

The garden at Finch Foundry, Devon
The garden at Finch Foundry, Devon
The garden at Finch Foundry, Devon

Staying safe

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. Face coverings are recommend in enclosed, crowded areas during your visit. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

 

Visiting with dogs

Dogs are welcome at Finch Foundry, however due to compact nature of the site please keep them on a lead at all times and dispose of any waste in the bins provided.

When the machinery in the forge is run for maintenance; it can be very loud and upsetting for dogs.

 

Accessibility

There is level access to visitor welcome (which has a viewing window into the forge), the carpenter’s workshop (which has a window onto the launder) and the toilets. The forge has some uneven steps and an uneven floor of compacted ash.

When the machinery in the forge is run for maintenance it can be very loud, please talk to the team on site if you have any concerns.

If you want any more information about access arrangements, please email finchfoundry@nationaltrust.org.uk

Access for everyone

If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now book a carers ticket at the time of booking, free of charge.