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Finch Foundry

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Address: Sticklepath | Near Okehampton, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
Phone Number: +44 1837 840046
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Fantastic Finch

Have visited lots of National Trust properties, but this is certainly different and in my opinion the best of them all. Does not look very big from the outside, but when you go... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Barbara C
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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have visited lots of National Trust properties, but this is certainly different and in my opinion the best of them all. Does not look very big from the outside, but when you go under the archway, it is wonderful. There is a very pretty garden with a summerhouse, once belonging to the Pearce family (of John Pearce, Widecombe Fair fame).... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The experience starts when you drive between the two houses to get to the carpark. The whole place is just wonderful, with water flowing above your head, and open fires with men hitting white hot metal. It is a brillant way to introduce children to how live was not so long ago. There are explainations and demonostrations of most of... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Nice place to visit for a few hours. A National Trust building set in a lovely village. The talk given by staff is worth listerning to. We got to see the forge as it would have been like in the past. Watched the water wheels power the macinery that would have been used to make metal tools. The site has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

An amazing view back into time when the Forge was the focal point of most villages- to see and hear about the history and workings of a real forge was enchanting. The opportunity to walk in the steps of history and absorb the atmosphere was exhilarating .

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The foundry has an interesting little museum giving the history of the family and the water wheels and mill stream very picturesque, however we were a little disappointed to find that the forge wasn't working and apparently the hammer mechanism is cracked and can't be used for the foreseeable future. Nice little tea room and lovely peaceful garden. We will... More 

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Brixham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This was the 4th NT place in one day.I enjoyed it very much,managed to catch a very informed guide who told much about the history of this old iron workshop.If you have had your fill of stately homes,head here..A work of warning the way to the car park is very narrow and thou arch above which is room of history... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

So lovely to see the Foundry in all of its original glory, and working too. Very informative talk. Lots to do for such a small site. Beautiful gardens. Take time to visit the Quaker Cemetary as well.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Put aside time to travel to this lovely attraction. Small, quaint and a working forge that is great to see. The waterwheel is fascinating and great also for children to learn some basics about 'power'. Food is pretty standard National Trust fayre, but very tasty alternatively within spitting distance are two village pubs (proper pubs that you can take a... More 

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We visited the Finch Foundry on a damp rainy day . The site is small but very interesting with a very informative talk by the staff on the history of the Foundry . We were disappointed that the large Foundry machinery was out of action due to a broken part awaiting repair on our visit , but would definatley make... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit if in the area. Make sure you take the 20 minutes talk that covers the history of the foundry and explains how the tools were made.

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