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Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines

Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines

The Dudley Canal Trust was established in 1970, but its true origins date back many years before then; about 420 million years, in fact, to the Silurian Age. During that period, geological evolution created rich limestone and coal seams beneath the West Midlands. These valuable deposits laid the foundations for the Industrial Revolution, when the Black Country became the manufacturing cockpit of the world. And for the spectacular network of underground canal tunnels carved beneath the region to mine the raw materials that powered industrial growth.
The Dudley Canal Trust was created to protect and preserve the tunnels. Through our subsidiary charity, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd., we run regular guided boat trips through the tunnels, accompanied by videos, lifelike reconstructions and stunning music and light shows. These excursions are fun, informative and entertaining, and they attract over 70,000 visitors every year.


Birmingham New Road
West Midlands

Contact Details

Main contact:
Sarah Fellows
0121 557 6265


  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Our new Portal building, which will contain a new shop, learning space, exhibition and cafe/restaurant, will open in Autumn 2015.

Delivery Items

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes


Boat trips start from £4.85 per child and £6 per adult for the 45 minute trip, depending on the size of the group. Workshops are charged at an additional cost per child, from just £1. Some resources are available for free to support your visit; please enquire for details.

Other Accreditations

Arts Award advisor (Bronze and Silver) on site, AIM (Association of Independant Museums) member

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