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Aerial view of a narrowboat crossing an aqueduct over a river and surrounded by verdant fields.

Dundas Aqueduct

Completed in 1810 by John Rennie, the spectacular Dundas Aqueduct carries the Kennet & Avon Canal over the River Avon and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. That means it's as important as Stonehenge! In fact, it was the first canal structure to be designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1951.

Named after Charles Dundas, the first chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company, the aqueduct forms the junction between the Kennet & Avon Canal and the largely derelict Somerset Coal Canal. The short stretch of the Somerset Coal Canal still in water forms Brassknocker Basin, used for boat moorings, cycle hire and a cafe. A short walk further there is the Dundas Wharf where the small tollhouse, warehouse and crane still stand.

Things to see and do

Planning your visit

  • Address

    Brassknocker Basin, Monkton Combe, BA2 7JD

  • Opening times

    All day, everyday

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

  • Toilets

    For customers of the local pub/café

Getting there

  • By boat

    There are visitor moorings and boating facilities along the Kennet & Avon.

  • By car

    There is a car park at Brassknocker Basin.

photo of a location on the canals
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