Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace, Taynuilt: Hours, Address, Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace Reviews: 4.5/5

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The grounds, visitor centre and car park are open and free of charge. The site remains closed until 2022. Founded in 1753 by Cumbrian iron masters attracted by the industrial potential of Argyll’s woodlands, Bonawe Iron Furnace is situated in a spectacular setting at the head of Loch Etive which extends up towards the dramatic Glen Coe. At its height the furnace produced up to 700 tons of pig iron from Cumbrian ore annually which was cast into everything from cannonballs during the Napoleonic War to iron pigs for export and even the first monument erected to Admiral Nelson after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The exhibition charts the history of the iron furnace, and the chemistry of iron making. Cannonballs and iron pigs cast at the furnace are displayed, together with the Nelson plaque.
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G D
Halifax, UK12 contributions
Nice little find that is open.
Jul 2021
THIS IS OPEN!!
We reached the site from a walk that started from the Inverawe smokehouse. It took a little while to navigate but on reaching the furnace it was open. There is an admission charge, but the site it well kept and worth the trip if you have an hour or so to pass and have an interest in historical buildings or socio-industrial past.
We were the only visitors and wondered why, but if on Tripadviser shows closed this could be a factor, and the place is not well advertised which is a shame.
It’s a decent site.
We finished with a light lunch back at the smokehouse which was lovely. Worth an afternoon out if in the area.
Written 30 July 2021
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georger572018
Glasgow, UK221 contributions
Blast from the Past!
Mar 2020
The historical Iron Furnace is an interesting place to visit. You can wander freely between the different buildings on the site with information boards explaining their use in days gone by,. Allow at least 45 minutes for a visit.
Written 9 March 2020
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michieg121
Ayr, UK901 contributions
Very interesting
Dec 2019 • Couples
Interesting buildings with information boards directing you around the site . Very historic, although a bit difficult to find.
Written 22 December 2019
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Mark F
Whitley Bay, UK9 contributions
If you like industrial heritage, this is for you
Aug 2019
An absolute gem... A very well preserved and well interpreted site. Gives a real sense of the industry and the impact on the region. Remarkable that it worked for over a hundred years running on charcoal from coppiced local forests and Cumbrian ore! Free entry to English heritage members too.
Written 16 August 2019
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V33
Aberdeen, UK56 contributions
Don't Miss
Jul 2019 • Couples
Not expensive, absolutely captivating, beautifully kept, slightly melancholy. One of the hidden gems of the area and a trip highlight if you like history, science, tranquility.
Written 18 July 2019
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L0wmaintenance
Stonehaven, UK10 contributions
hidden eighteenth century industrial spot in the highlands
Jul 2019 • Couples
We stumbled across this hidden gem on a rainy day thanks to its feature on the AA map, all its road signs being overgrown in Taynuilt. A rainy day and the grass was a bit slippy but very informative and several families were enjoying exploring the various well restored buildings.... a great find!
Written 12 July 2019
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,069 contributions
An interesting and attractive site.
Aug 2018 • Couples
As a previous reviewer mentioned, this site is run by Historic Scotland and, as expected, the staff and the information boards are most informative. Plenty of interesting things to see, and well worth a visit.
Written 18 August 2018
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copdoc2
Centennial, CO94 contributions
Wonderful discovery - worth a visit
Jun 2018 • Couples
My husband and I purchased the Historic Scotland Pass and this site is included in the pass. We had some extra time so we decided to take a look and were glad we did. The site is very interesting and the grounds are beautiful. The woman in the office was lovely and very helpful. I am not sure we would have made the effort if we didn't have the Historic Scotland card, but we would have missed an interesting and lovely site.
Written 5 July 2018
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Neil_HD_50
Edinburgh, UK380 contributions
excellent alround even in awful weather
Jun 2018 • Couples
We went in the pouring rain and found lots to see. The lady from Historic Scotland was very helpful and friendly and puts her heart into this place. Small, but good exhibits in some of the sheds.
Written 19 June 2018
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Paul Y
4 contributions
A surprise discovery
May 2018 • Solo
this was an unexpected surprise. It was recommended by the manager of the B&B I stayed a tin Taynuilt as a point of interest. I was delighted to tour this facility and to learn not only Taynuilt history but also Great Britain's history as it involved both Scotland and England.
Written 8 June 2018
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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00