Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

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Planning your visit

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

Opening Times
Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
Winter closing Visitor centre and cafe closed from 10 November until spring 2020

Price: Our visitor centre is free. Check boat trip prices as these vary

Toilets: In our café and visitor centre

Explorers at Standedge Tunnel

Volunteer at our M&As

Please note that the visitor centre and cafe will be closed for the winter from 10 November until spring 2020. 

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

It’s on everyone’s bucket list to explore deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside. Yet I bet you’ve never stopped to think why the Huddesfield 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?

It's 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

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

There are picnic benches all over our gardens and along the towpath


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 water taxi - the Huddersfield Canal Society’s volunteers run a 12 seater water taxi 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. Let us know if you travelled Green! Because walkers, cyclists and public transport users get a 5% discount on a hot drink!

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