Blisworth Tunnel

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Planning your visit

Address: 3 Bridge Rd, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SB View on Google map

Opening Times: You can't walk into the tunnel but the towpath to its entrance is open every day

Price: Once you park up it's absolutely free

Toilets: At the Stoke Bruerne end there are toilets at the Canal Museum café.

Blisworth Tunnel, on the Grand Union Canal, is:

  • 3,075 yards (2,811 meters) long
  • the longest wide, freely navigable tunnel in Europe (it’s wide enough for two narrowboats to pass in opposite directions)
  • the third-longest navigable canal tunnel in the UK, after Standedge and Dudley Tunnels
  • the ninth-longest canal tunnel in the world
  • about 143 feet (43m) below ground level
  • roughly 18 miles (29km) from the northern end of the Grand Junction Canal at Braunston

And importantly, it's also just a short walk along the towpath at the Stoke Bruerne end from the Canal Museum, which holds great stories and memorabelia from the tunnel. Combine the two places to visit for a great day out.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips from the Stoke Bruerne end:

Picnic spot:

Not really the place for a picnic but there's plenty in Stoke Bruerne or up along the woodland walk

Wildlife spotting:

There is the wonderful woodland walk just off the towpath at the Stoke Bruerne end as well as other nature trails and activities

Getting here

By car - there is parking in the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum car park at £3 a day. And parking available at the Blisworth Tunnel canal car park at the Blisworth end: Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3DA

By boat - see our Stoke Bruerne page for visitor mooring details

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