Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

 Our Heritage Centre is set within the beautiful steep-sided Derwent Valley, with an abundance of natural woodland, rare and iconic wildlife and a hidden heritage of British sword making and a world leading iron and steel industry. Discover Land of Oak & Iron whilst planning your next adventure with our state-of-the-art touch screens or learn more about our heritage from our ever changing temporary exhibitions. Look out for our special events and school holidays activities which offer something for the whole family.

Café shrub in the Heritage Centre is the perfect place to fuel up before or relax after a day of exploring Land of Oak & Iron. From hearty breakfasts and seasonal lunches to delicious home-bakes, all made with locally sourced ingredients, there’s something to suit all tastes.  Our ever-changing menu offers a mouth-watering selection. Whether you are looking for a family brunch, a catch-up with friends over coffee and cake, or a quick snack to take into the park with you (and one for the dog too!) you’re bound to find a tasty treat at café shrub.

Our gift shop showcases local craftspeople from the northeast, we have a wide selection of handmade, unique and environmentally friendly products. From delicious locally produced sweet treats, handmade jewelry, natural prints and furnishings to local maps, historic books and bicycle repair kits, we have something to appeal to all ages and tastes.

Everyone, including dogs, are welcome at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre.

The building has scooped the Best Small Commercial Property category at the recent Local Authority Building Control Northern Awards, received a silver Green Apple Award and reached the northeast finals of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards.

The Centre has been supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Rural Growth Network, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Groundwork NE & Cumbria and .

Visit the Land of Oak & Iron website for more information.


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