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Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.

The site opens at 8am every day and the closing times are as follows:

November to February - 5pm

March - 6.30pm

April - 8.00pm

May to August - 9pm

September - 7.30pm

October - 6.30pm

Overnight parking is not permitted.

How to find us

How to find us
Ellwood, Coleford
Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 7LX
By Car

From Coleford take the B4228, Parkend Road, passing through the village of Coalway. Continue for 1 mile.  Turn right towards Ellwood, Darkhill Ironworks is on the right after 150metres.

OS Grid Ref
SO 5901 0873

51.776576765557, -2.5947983059938

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Darkhill Ironworks.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Dogs allowed

Contact details

Discover the fascinating archaeological site of Darkhill Ironworks and the Titanic Steelworks

Darkhill Ironworks, and the neighbouring Titanic Steelworks, are internationally important industrial remains associated with the development of the iron and steel industries. The world's first tungsten steel were produced here, with the ironworks dating back to 1811 and the brickworks being established some time before 1818. The complex of tramway, brickworks and ironworks lie on a series of terraces above one another on the hillside, resulting in a fascinating landscape to visit. Terraces of stone walls are all that remain of the important ironworks where David and Robert Mushet carried out secret experiments with iron and steel during the 19th century. After David Mushet's death, the furnaces at the smithy in the brickworks were used by Robert for experimental work on new metals to discover their properties.

David's son, Robert, built the Titanic Steelworks on the same site. He also made the first steel alloys and the first steel railway line. When his railway lines were laid in Derby Station in 1857 they lasted for 17 years rather than the 3-5 months normally expected from earlier rails.

The site was abandoned, probably around 1862, following the building of the Severn and Wye Valley railway embankment. The site lay undisturbed until partial excavation in 1977.

Download the free Coleford’s Hidden Heritage app, to find out more and explore the area.

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