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Booking your visit to Finch Foundry

A guide taking visitors on a tour around Finch Foundry, Devon. The last working water-powered forge in England.
Join a tour at Finch Foundry | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Finch Foundry is open Wednesday to Sunday for visits by guided tour only, we recommend booking online to guarantee entry. Here's some information about what to expect when you visit and how to book.

How to book

  • Please book a visit to Finch Foundry to guarantee entry. New bookings are released every Thursday, you can book your visit up to four weeks in advance.
  • Bookings can be made up to an hour prior to the start of a tour on the day, where timeslots are available.
  • 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 the time of the tour for the day you want to visit.​ Please arrive 10 minutes before the ticket time as the tour will start promptly 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 you set up an account when you made your booking, you will be able to amend the date/time of your booking online up to 24 hours before the date of your visit, or by calling 0344 249 1895

If you are a member and can no longer attend, please let us know by giving us a call on 0344 249 1895

When you arrive

In order for the guided tour to start promptly on the hour (11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm), please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour starts. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your slot, entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

Please note that access to the car park is restricted, 2.3m high and 2m wide (7' 5” x 6' 5”).

Once parked 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.

What to expect

Finch Foundry is the last working water-powered forge in England. There are narrow and uneven steps to access many of the foundry areas. The forge can be quite dark and the floor is made of compacted ash and quite uneven. The machinery can be very lound when it's running.

The tour lasts 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.

A guide taking visitors on a tour around Finch Foundry, Devon. The last working water-powered forge in England.

Book your visit

Please book tickets to Finch Foundry to guarantee entry. You can book for today up until 8am. Every Thursday time slots will be available for the next four weeks.

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