History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
After the furnace closed, it was converted into housing for families involved in the Earl's mining ventures. This housing finally closed in the 1970s, and part of the exhibits at the Moira Furnace shows how these mining families lived around the year 1900.
The furnace displays include an extensive museum, and exhibits showing how iron was smelted. Visitors can also take a boat trip along the Ashby de la Zouch canal. Return trips lead through Moira Lock to Conkers and back, a journey of about 1.25 hours.
There are special events throughout the year and educational opportunities for families and school groups. Recent events include the Moira Furnace Folk Festival, as well as art exhibitions and instructional classes.
The blast furnace is operated by the Moira Furnace Museum Trust. under the North West Leicestershire District Council.
About Moira Furnace
Address: Furnace Lane, Moira, Leicestershire, England, DE12 6AT
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Off a minor road 3 miles west of Ashby de la Zouch. Discounted entry to English Heritage members.
Website: Moira Furnace
Photo Credit: Chris Allen, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Stretton-en-le-Field, St Michael's Church - 2.1 miles (Historic Church)
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle - 2.9 miles (Castle)
Ashby de la Zouch Museum - 2.9 miles (Museum)
Ashby de la Zouch, St Helens Church - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Staunton Harold Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
Calke Abbey - 5.6 miles (Historic House)
Twycross Zoo - 5.6 miles (Family Attraction)
Catton Hall - 6.7 miles (Historic House)
Nearest Accommodation to Moira Furnace:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Sharps Pottery Museum
Tel: 01283 222 848