- Tours and River Cruises
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Pop on your hard hat, hop on a canal boat and explore an underground world at Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines.
You'll discover thousands of years of history here - not bad for a 45 minute trip! The Dudley Canal Trust has been restoring these underground waterways since all the way back in the 60s. Now it’s an award-winning production containing videos, lifelike reconstructions and immersive music and light shows. You’ll travel the full length of the canal and find out about the tropical shallow sea that once covered the local land and created the fossils you see today.
This is where miners dug out thousands of tonnes of limestone to fuel the Industrial Revolution, something you’ll learn all about from your skipper leading the way. The limestone itself is estimated to be over 400million years old - a pretty staggering figure which you can drill the team on.
- Explore thousands of years worth of limestone caverns
- Be dazzled by the immersive audio production
- Learn all about the local mining tradition
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
501 Birmingham New Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SB, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
From mid-January to December Monday to Sunday. Boats leave every 30 minutes from 10.30.
January - March and November - December our last boat will depart at 3:00.
April - October our last boat departs at 4:00.
Our Portal building is open from 10:00 daily.
Under 3s free
Family (2 A+2C): £22.45
family ( 2A+3C): £27.40
Discover The Gongoozler - a brand new venue for the Black Country serving canal-side food and drink. From a coffee and a cake to a full evening meal, there’s something for everyone in The Gongoozler’s menu. You can drop in any time from 10am or give us a call on 0121 520 3200 if you’d like to book a table. Check out more information including menus on our website; http://dudleycanaltrust.org.uk/visit-us/facilities/gongoozler/ You may also find a special offer on when you visit, such as 2 for £10 meals, bargain cakes or something else! Visit on a Sunday for a traditional roast dinner.
Guide dogs are allowed
Toilets can be found on both levels of the building, with accessible toilets both upstairs and downstairs. Baby changing facilities are only on the upper floor (car park level). The closest toilets to the entrance are on the upper floor - walk to the window and turn right, heading towards the cafe, and find the toilets on the right hand side. The toilets on the lower floor (towpath level) are larger with more facilities.
Warm clothing is encouraged all year round as it is often cool underground even in summer.
Parking is free - we have a box for donations if you wish.
Our nearest train station is Tipton, approximately a 20 minute walk away.