Dobson Lock, Bradford

Dobson Lock, Apperley Lane, Apperley Bridge, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD10 0PY

Dobson’s Lock in Apperley Bridge sits on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The warehouses were built in the early 1800s to hold merchandise being transported along the busy Leeds Liverpool Canal.  Lock gates and swing bridges were also made here and the old blacksmith's workshop has been restored and runs demonstrations on special event days.

The site is a great place to visit as part of local history work or as part of a transport topic.


KS1 & KS2 Local history workshops incorporate our hands-on ‘build a canal’ session to help pupils understand what a canal is, how it was made and the big difference it made to the local area.

Lock demonstration

Water safety

Guided walk with habitats or history focus


We offer free preliminary visits and our website features downloadable trails/activities suitable for pre-visit planning or follow-up work

On-site facilities include and a small indoor space for booked visits and toilets

There is a small amount of parking on site, but this is not accessible for coaches who must drop off on the main road.   


Visits to Apperley Bridge are FREE!