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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Industrial Heritage, free entry

Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 8PD

Details

The Industrial Revolution wasn’t confined to coal and iron in south Wales and slate in the north. Built around 1755, this charcoal-fired blast furnace used for the smelting of iron ore is one of the best-preserved industrial buildings of its type in Britain. Harnessing the power of the River Einion, the furnace’s waterwheel drove a huge set of bellows. These huffed and puffed compressed air into the furnace, creating the scorching temperatures needed to process the ore into pig iron, much of which was sent to forges in the Midlands.

The furnace only operated for around 50 years before being abandoned. The restored waterwheel that can now be seen is a remnant of the building’s second life as a sawmill.
Pig-iron produced by the furnace would have been transported to the Midlands with a small amount used by local forges. The blast furnace went out of use in 1810.

During excavation work in the 1980's, evidence was found pointing to the possibility that the furnace was built on the site of a 17th century silver and lead works. It is thought that the Royal Mint in Aberystwyth Castle at the time, was secretly switched to the Furnace site during the Civil War of 1642-48.

Coach parties accepted

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10:00 - 16:00. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Free entry

Address

Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 8PD

Location and nearby places

Directions

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Map reference: SN 685951  Lat: 52.53834 Long: -3.93984

6 miles (9.7km) south-west of Machynlleth on the A487 Aberystwyth road, the car park for Dyfi Furnace is signed to the right as you enter the village of Furnace.


Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Dovey Junction station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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