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Dudley Canal Trust Trips

Birmingham New Road, Dudley DY1 4SB, England
+44 121 557 6265
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Ranked #1 of 5 Activities in Dudley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. Exciting trips through the tunnels 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. Any trading surplus is re-invested in maintaining the tunnels and their environment, so visitors can enjoy and appreciate 420 million years of living history long into the future. « less
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Villereal, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

The canal tunnels are a real 'Who'd have thought it' when visiting the Black Country Museum offering a glimpse into the harsh realities of working life in the mid 18th century. The trip lasts some forty five minutes with an interesting and informative narrative as to how and why the tunnels were constructed as well as an excellent geology lesson!... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Visited here as part of a day out to the Black Country Museum (separate attraction). It was an informative trip along the canals which run under Dudley learning about the mining and work which used to take place in the area. The guide was friendly and entertaining to listen to and obviously had a passion for canals and his job.... More

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Broadway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Every time we visit the Black Country Museum we make sure we go on the canal trip. It's separate from the museum so there is a extra charge, around £6.00 for adults for trip lasting around 45 minutes. We always find the ride interesting and informative. Unbelievable that these water ways and massive caves and caverns are underneath the streets... More

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Went on the canal boat trip from Parkhead Basin to Dudley through the Dudley Tunnel today as a present for my husbands 65th birthday. Having lived locally all our lives we really had no idea of the amazing canal network beneath! The workmanship gives food for thought when we were told how the tunnels were constructed, and children as young... More

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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After growing up in the locality and returning for a visit to family I decided to go for a ride through the canals. I was not disappointed. I plumped for the 2hour tour. The commentary was very good and it was very interesting to learn about the history of the canal tunnels and how hard the Canal Trust have worked... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We did the 6 hour trip which went through 2 tunnels and 2 flights of locks.We absolutely loved it!! Our guide/boat driver was very knowledgable and interesting. During the 1/2 hour comfort break, you moor up outside a small volunteer run tea room, which serves tea/coffee and snacks ( good idea to bring a packed lunch). The only con really... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Went on one of the canal boats today while visiting the Black Country living museum and it was amazing! The trip lasts about 45 minutes and takes you into the tunnels on the canal (tunnels I didn't even know existed!!!) the guides are knowledgable and friendly and made the tour really interesting. There is even a video show half way... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Had a fantastic trip thanks to Autism West Midlands and the volunteers who navigate the tunnels! One tunnel is two miles long and the sights under ground and above are amazing! Limestone caves in the Black Country something I never knew! Our children had a go at tredding or moving the boat with their feet! Long trips underground may not... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We took a lovely canal boat trip from the Dudley Canal Trust situated on the Birmingham Road and had a brilliant couple of hours. It is absolutely amazing what is underneath your feet and you don't even know it. The mines and tunnels were absolutely fascinating and in places was a bit emotional when you consider the conditions the people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The boat trip at Black Country museum is a must when you go. It is an additionnal £9 but well worth it as you have a nice little trip on a boat down the tunnels and then to the main cavern which is very pretty. Me and my 3 friends thoroughly enjoyed this trip and in particular liked seeing the... More

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