We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

Standedge Tunnel is Britain's longest canal tunnel - taking you beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside.

Standedge Tunnel is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. Explore deep into this marvellous Yorkshire attraction on one of our underground boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in Watersedge cafe, and let kids jump, climb and explore our playground, wildlife garden and nature trail.

Please note: we will be closed on Monday 25 April due to electrical working being carried out in the area by Northern Powergrid. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Facts about Standedge Tunnel

  • At 3.25 miles long, Standedge is Britain's longest canal tunnel
  • Opened in April 1811, Standedge Tunnel is over 200 years old
  • Typical cargoes through the tunnel included wool, coal and horse manure!
  • Before diesel power, boats were legged through the tunnel

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Find out more about the history of our wonderful waterways


Standedge Tunnel

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre
Waters Road
West Yorkshire, HD7 6NQ
Call: 01484 844298

Opening times

Visitor Centre & Watersedge Café: Monday - Friday closed, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

Boat trips: Closed for winter