The earliest part of tunnel system was built to help with the transport of limestone extracted from the mines inside castle hill through which the tunnel runs. Pop on your hard hat hop on a canal boat and explore an underground world at dudley canal tunnel and limestone mines.
The activity entails an underground boat trip into the world famous dudley canal tunnel and limestone mines.
Dudley canal tunnel and limestone mines. The dudley canal trust has been restoring these underground waterways since all the way back in the 60s. 1776 2nd april separate acts for the stourbridge canal and dudley canal were passed by parliament. We need your help and support to ensure we can continue to care for and preserve these unique caverns tunnels and mines.
29th 30th 31st october 2020 family fun wear your best halloween costume bring a magic wand and climb aboard our spooky boats. The dudley canal line no. This unique canal tunnel connects with a 200 year old system of limestone mines branch tunnels and open ivy curtained canal basins.
Our 45 minute boat. You ll d iscover thousands of years of history here not bad for a 45 minute trip. Target 30 000 raised so far 190 please select a donation amount.
Hocus pocus halloween family fun. Dudley canal and tunnel trust volunteers have been honoured with the queen s award for voluntary service the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the uk. Free unlimited 45 minute trips in to the dudley tunnel and limestone mines subject to availability invitations to social events throughout the year members socials for more information about membership and to receive an application form email us or give us a call on 0121 557 6265.
Dudley canal and tunnel trust is seeking a director of enterprise september 2020. 1 and dudley tunnel were reported as finished on 25 june 1791. This was lord ward s tunnel which leads to castle mill basin.
Discover a magical world deep under the heart of dudley. Work was completed on the dudley tunnel 1778 and when it officially closed in 1962 due to lack of use the dudley canal tunnel trust brought it back into use for public narrowboat tours and also opened up the limestone mines along its route. Work began on lord dudley and ward s branch canal from the birmingham canal to his tipton colliery and a 250 yard tunnel to his limestone mines under castle hill.
6th june the first meeting of the committee of the dudley canal company. Limestone mines and rocks date back 428 million years and our knowledgeable skippers take you back through the ages to talk about the formation of the area its impressive industrial revolution legacy and the formation of the trust in the 60 s as they set about preserving this unique environment for future generations. As the need to remain closed continues the dudley canal and tunnel trust faces an uncertain future.
It is now the only remaining example open to the public of the black country s lime mining heritage. The volunteers support our internationally important heritage site ensuring the dudley canal tunnel and limestone mines remain at the heart of the community.