Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

Standedge Tunnel occupies a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside. More importantly, it is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out in Yorkshire.

Standedge Tunnel and Cafe
Standedge Tunnel and Cafe


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As one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, visitors can explore deep into this marvellous Yorkshire attraction on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in the refurbished Watersedge cafe, and let kids jump, climb and explore our playground and wildlife garden or try our free soft play facility in the exhibition centre.

Entry is free into the Visitor Centre, although a charge does apply for the boat trip. Please see the "Visit Us" pages for full details on opening times and boat trip prices.

You can now download the 2015 leaflet from the useful downloads section on this page!

Are you a boater?

If you would like to take your own boat through Standedge Tunnel please take a look at how to book your passage.

You can also download our Boaters Guidelines for Standedge Tunnel.

Passionate about heritage?

Find out more about the history of our wonderful waterways.

Did you know?

  • At 3.25 miles long, Standedge is Britain's longest canal tunnel
  • Opened in April 1811, Standedge Tunnel is over 200 years old
  • Typical cargoes through the tunnel included wool, coal and horse manure!
  • Before diesel power, boats were legged through the tunnel

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