Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

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Address: Standedge Tunnel, Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 6NQ. Parking; HD7 6DH View on Google map

Opening Times
Everyday We aim to open our Visitor Centre and Sensory Garden everyday. *weddings and volunteer availability may affect this
Everyday The Watersedge Coffee House open 9am - 4pm
Friday - Saturday Discovery Boat Rides
Everyday Nature Trail open everyday

Price: Our visitor centre is free. Check our boat trip prices as these vary. Please note, we are a cashless venue.

Toilets: Open during our operating hours

Explorers at Standedge Tunnel

Volunteer at our M&As

Looking for things to do with the family in West Yorkshire? Visit Standedge Tunnel and discover Britain's longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel.

Step on board one of our trip boats to explore deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside. Enjoy a canalside stroll in stunning surroundings and top it all off with tea and cake in the Watersedge Coffee House. 

Have you ever stopped to think why the Huddersfield Narrow Canal engineers decided to tunnel in such an awkward place, how it helped to fuel canal mania and our industrial revolution or what famous bit of slang it inspired that we still use today?

21st anniversary of Standedge Tunnel 

In 2022 we're celebrating 21 years since the rebirth of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the grand reopening of Standedge Tunnel. After standing derelict for 50 years, it's now one of the seven wonders of the waterways and a great family day out. So 'leg it' on over to our visitor centre at Standedge Tunnel to start your journey into the tunnel, history and beyond.

Things to do and see

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Wildlife spotting:

Download our nature spotters guide to find out how to make your own pond dipping kit and to create your very own nature trail around our wildlife gardens. Look out for swans, ducks and butterflies of course. And you may even be lucky to spot a sheep! Sometimes they come down off the moor and stroll right up to the tunnel entrance.

Getting here

By boat - there’s moorings at both the Marsden end at the Visitor Centre Lock 42 and the Diggle end. Check our boating through Standedge page for details on how to book your passage through the tunnel

By car - SATNAV HD7 6DH takes you to the free parking at Marsden Station (HD7 6DH), from there take the 15 minute pushchair friendly walk along the towpath to join us. Disabled parking at our visitor centre

By trainMarsden Station is a 15 minute walk along the beautifully restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath

By bus - bus route 184 Oldham - Huddersfield drops off and picks up on the A62 in Marsden village then follow the canal towpath

By boat shuttle - the Huddersfield Canal Society’s volunteers run a 12 seater shuttle service between Marsden Railway Station and Standedge at weekends and bank holidays. Please check their website for details

By coach - coach drop off is only at Marsden Station. But there's more parking at lock 42 near the train station. (Sorry, our tunnel’s historic nature means we’re not allowed coaches on site but at least you get to enjoy the towpath walk.)

By boot or bike - follow the main road through the village to Marsden Station and join the towpath.

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