Lancaster & Lune Aqueduct

Lancaster & Lune Aqueduct

We are currently carrying out maintenance at the Lune Aqueduct nature park and will re-open the site for school visits during the spring/summer term. In the meantime, schools can access our free local history and water safety outreach sessions in-school by booking a visit below.

The Lune Aqueduct is one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, a masterpiece of civil engineering. 202 metres (664 feet) long, it carries the Lancaster Canal 16 metres (53 feet) above the River Lune.

The Lune Aqueduct is a great place for wildlife. Canal and river habitats provide places for all sorts of different creatures, from tiny stoneflies to beautiful swans. You can find out more about them on a visit to the aqueduct and the newly-created nature park.

A visit to the Lune Aqueduct gives school groups the opportunity to unearth secrets of the local area through first-hand observation and historical enquiry, and discover what makes it so special. The Lune Aqueduct is an ideal location for delivering the new national curriculum requirements for Geography fieldwork and a local area history study. 

Our Local Studies pack provides an introduction to studying your local area, around the classroom and nearby canals and rivers, and supports the History and Geography curriculum.


KS1 KS2 Build a Canal

This session helps children to understand how and why canals were built and how they changed Britain. It provides an interactive way of discussing local industry and how the arrival of the canals shaped the landscape.

KS1 KS2 Building Bridges

Have a go at building model canal bridges and find out why arches are such a good shape.

KS1 KS2 Habitats: Pond Dipping; Mini-beast Hunting

Our waterways offer rich and varied habitats so spotting wildlife is guaranteed! This workshop helps children discover the rich variety of mini-beasts and wildlife that rely on water to live and grow. Activities include exploring different wildlife habitats around the Lancaster Canal, River Lune, nature park and ponds - using the pond dipping platforms. 

KS1 KS2 Guided Trail

Guided trails are available around the Lune Aqueduct and nature park looking at local history, geography and wildlife.

Learning Resources

Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:

Time Slip Trip Trail

Teachers' Notes

Lune Aqueduct Worksheets

Building Bridges Topic Pack

All About Canals

Find out more about the Lune Aqueduct.


Facilities for teachers include pre-visits, example risk assessments and canal life loan box. 

On-site facilities include car park, outdoor classroom and pond dipping platforms.


School visits to the Lune Aqueduct are FREE!