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10 things to do on your visit

Strolling, shopping, sailing, sampling. Whatever you love doing on a day out, check out our 10 things to do at Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre.

1.    Download our activity guide

Standedge Tunnel walking mapFollow the peaceful 15 minute walk along the flat towpath from Marsden train station and see if you can spot the resident kingfisher skimming the canal between Lock 42 and the Visitor Centre.



2.    Check out the old warehouse

Group at tables at craft workshop in The Loft SpaceGround floor – free Visitor Centre sharing the story of the folk that built and navigated this tremendous tunnel

1st floor – the Thomas Bourne function room, planning a party? It’s a beautiful space

2nd floor – the Loft Space is home to a range of independent craft people and craft shops

3.    Play away

Standedge play areasKids can hop, jump and play around on both our indoor soft play area for the little ones and small outdoor adventure play area for the older ones!



4.    English cream teas

Ladies laughing with tea and cakeOr coffees or hot chocolates… You’ll find our wonderful Watersedge cafe in the old tunnel end cottages. Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake or join us for lunch on a lovely day by the canal side on one of the many recycled picnic benches!



5.    Water taxi

Did you know you can take a short boat ride from Marsden train station to the Visitor Centre? On weekends throughout the season the Huddersfield Canal Society run their small passenger boat - ideal for those who may struggle with the towpath walk.

6.    Boat trips

Standedge boat trip and visitor centreStep on board our boat and take a 30 minute tour into the 200 year old tunnel to discover its secrets and hear its tales. Or book onto one of our through trips, which will take you all the way through this 3.25 mile long historic tunnel (alternate Saturdays, booking is essential).


7.    Nature trail

Standedge Tunnel wildlife garden with visitor centre at backStroll up to tunnel end reservoir and follow the nature trail. Take our nature spotter’s guide with you to see what wildlife you can spot while walking along the accessible path. If you're feeling a little more explorative continue your short walk and head to Eastergate Bridge - which was once used by packhorses to take them on the route over the Pennines, these days it's a popular location for both tourists and locals to have a picnic.

8.    Country fairs, costumes and crafts

Standedge Tunnel Country FairFind out what's happening with our varied programme of events for families. From our annual Standedge Tunnel Country Fair to our fun-packed frightful week leading up to Halloween, our team love any excuse for dressing in period costume. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere among the local produce and craft market stalls!

9.    Traditional Yorkshire folk

Visit Marsden Village. We’re just a 20 minute walk outside of this beautiful Yorkshire village, with its range of gift shops, cafes and pubs for you to browse.

10. Become a Canal & River Trust Friend

Summer along the canal






Our Friends get a range of benefits:

  • free entry into all Canal & River Trust museums and attractions
  • discounts in our shops and cafes
  • a bespoke edition of ‘Cool Canals’ walking book
  • Waterfront magazine twice a year
  • Canal & River Trust pin badge
  • Canal & River Trust window sticker
  • exclusive Friends booklet
  • regular emails and podcasts immersing you in the world of the
  • waterways and the wildlife that call them home
  • and many more discounts off canal holidays and events

Last date edited: 4 May 2017