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

Access for all

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is committed to giving the best possible experience to its visitors.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath walk Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath walk

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is located at the end of the towpath running from the train station which may be slippery in wet or icy weather.

The visitor centre is situated in an old warehouse with sometimes uneven and worn flooring. There are four floors (lower ground, upper ground, first and second) to the building which are all accessible by lift.

Our official car park is located at Marsden train station which is a 15 minute towpath walk to us. However there are four dedicated disabled parking spaces located on site, two at the visitor centre and two at Watersedge Cafe. The visitor centre has a double fronted entrance to allow wide access and Watersedge Cafe has ramped access.

We recommend you allow at least two hours enjoying your visit. Please ask staff if you need any assistance.

Visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair users

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users. The trip boat into the tunnel is accessible for wheelchair users from the canal side; however we do ask that the boats pilot takes a look before boarding as it is generally too narrow for most electric wheelchairs.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors

Assistance dogs are welcome in both buildings and on-board the trip boat. The film in the visitor centre is subtitled and a guide script for the boat is available on request.

Blind and partially-sighted visitors

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. We also recommend a sighted assistant join you when you visit. Watersedge menu is also available in large print. Please ask a member of staff if you require this.

Lift access

Lifts are available in the visitor centre.

Disabled toilets

The visitor centre toilets are located on the upper ground floor with the disabled toilet located at the bottom of the stairs opposite the back fire exit.

Future plans

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is currently reviewing its commitment to making the site accessible for all and is working to improve the visitor experience.

Last date edited: 27 November 2015