Mills, forges & mines

We have a variety of mills, forges and mines open for you to explore. These places bring to life some of the most fascinating aspects of our industrial past and heritage

The water wheel at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall
View across mill and Quarry Bank House

Quarry Bank, Cheshire 

Explore Quarry Bank, once the site of one of the largest cotton manufacturing businesses in Britain. Re-opening after a four year transformation project, you can now explore the mill owners’ home, a workers’ cottage, an 19th-century glasshouse as well as the mill itself. The historic cotton mill re-opens from August 25.

View of Ashridge from Bridgewater Monument
Walking trail

Bridgewater Monument to Pitstone Windmill circular 

A great circular walk passing the Bridgewater Monument and Pitstone Windmill with views across the Chilterns and the Vale of Aylesbury.

Branscombe Forge is believed to be the oldest thatched working forge in the country


Explore Branscombe to discover a restored mill and working forge in this quaint village.


Discover Branscombe

Explore the history and delights of Branscombe with our rangers, as we follow them for a day.

Finch Foundry, Devon

Finch Foundry 

Explore the last working water-powered forge in England.


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