Boat trips

The only way to understand why we love our canals and tunnels so much is to take to the water on one of our boat trips.

Standedge Visitor Centre Standedge Visitor Centre

Short boat trips

Our short trips run regularly and give you a great insight into the construction and history of Standedge Tunnel. The knowledgeable boat men are on hand to answer any questions you have. This trip is suitable for children all ages. 

Trip duration    30 minutes

When                Every day during school holidays or:

                         Saturday & Sunday on the hour 11.00 - 16.00pm

                         Monday & Friday on the hour 11.00 - 15.00pm

There’s always one of our entertaining guides around, who’ll thrill you with tales of the folk who designed, built and worked in the tunnel.

Prices  Short boat trip 
Adults  £5.50
Concessions  £5.00
Child (5-15yrs)  £4.50
Under 5s  free
Family (2 adults, 2 children)  £15.50
Groups of 12 and over (pre-booking is needed)   Call for prices

Please note: only assistant dogs are allowed on the boat. The short boat trips can take one wheelchair each trip and it’s accessible via a wheelchair lift.

Discovery boat trip

This is a great trip if you want to see more fascinating parts of the tunnel and find out about the history of the tunnel but not go all the way through.

This trip takes you a quarter of the way into Standedge tunnel. It gives you a chance to see the different type of brick work inside the tunnel and the bare rock with indentations of the star drill which used to dig the tunnel. 

Trip duration    1 hour

When                Saturday & Sunday mornings (after 6 April)

Time                 10.30 - 11.30am

Cost                  £15 per person (£50 for a group of 4)

Ticket includes 1 hour boat trip into the tunnel, any breakfast meal from the menu in the café and any hot or cold drink.

The café opens at 9:30am so arrive any time after then but before 10:30am, you can claim your meal and drink. Please note, the ticket is a set price, so if you decide you don’t want the meal or drink – you do not get a refund.

Boat trip through Standedge Tunnel

Family visits at Standedge

The through trip is a guided boat trip through Britain’s longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel which is over 3 miles long. Our experienced boat men can give you plenty of interesting facts and answer any questions you have. If you’re a boat enthusiast, this is a trip you don’t want to miss.

Trip duration   2.5 hours

Timings            Marsden 10am; Diggle 1pm

Cost                 £28 per person (plus £5 taxi if required)

Location          Marsden or Diggle

Getting there

Please arrive 15 minutes before to check in and get briefed about your trip. We can run taxis at 12:30 to pick you up from Diggle after your trip, to bring you back to Standedge Tunnel. Or if you are getting the 1pm boat in Diggle, we can offer you a taxi to Diggle from Standedge Tunnel at 12:30. Please note it costs £5 per person for a taxi.

Under and over boat trip and walk

Through trip, Standedge Tunnel

The up and over trip takes you all the way through Britain’s longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel and a fairly strenuous five mile guided walk over the moors. You meet in Marsden at 10am and either get the boat to Diggle first (1pm walk back) or do the guided walk which is ran by the national trust. (1pm Boat back).

Cost         £30

Timings    Marsden, 10am

Getting there

Please arrive 15 minutes before to check in and get briefed about your trip. If you are doing the walk first.  If you are getting the boat trip first, once you arrive in Diggle, the National Trust will be there waiting to guide you back.

Boat Trips Timetable: Through & Under/Over

Boat trip  Date
Through Trip 7th April
Through Trip 5th, 16th May
Under and Over Trip 9th June
Through Trip 20th June
Through Trip 7th, 25th July
Through Trip 4th, 22nd August
Under and Over Trip 1st September
Through Trip 19th September
Through Trip 6th, 24th October

Booking essential

Our boat trips are really popular and places are limited. Please call: 01484 844298

Last date edited: 21 February 2019