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.