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Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd

Peartree Lane, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 0XP

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Information About Dudley Canal Trust:

Our history goes back to 1963 when the Dudley Canal Tunnel Preservation Society was formed to protect the tunnel, and in particular to oppose the Railway plans to block the Tipton Portal with an embankment. In 1970 the Society became the Dudley Canal Trust.

The campaign was successful, and developments continued with the tunnel and Parkhead Locks which were reopened to form a through route in 1973.

In 1984 with Grant Aid help, the Trust built the first new canal tunnel for 126 years connecting into the singing cavern. 1989 saw the opening of yet another new tunnel, this time allowing our passenger boats to complete a unique underground circular trip.

At this time all of our staff were volunteers, and the success of the tunnel trips was placing a great strain on them. To cope with this, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd. was formed as a charity to run the boat trip side of the business, and today we have professional staff to run our boat trips, shop sales and catering ventures.

We cater for over 80,000 passengers per year and any trading surplus is given annually to Dudley Canal Trust who use these funds to help maintain the Tunnel and Dudley Canal and it's environment.

Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) has a high reputation for our educational boat trips, and can offer themes closely related to the National Curriculum and higher educational courses.

Our forty five minute underground boat trip takes you on a journey back in time to the Silurian age incorporating:-

•A video show reconstructing how the Limestone was formed and pushes its way through the earths crust and how fossilised remains are now visual from when Dudley was under a Coral Sea bed.
•A music and light show in the large Singing Cavern
•Hurst Cavern has mannequins showing the working conditions underground for the miners in the 1700's.
•Castle Mill has a large fossilised coral reef with remains of creatures from a distant past
•A chance to experience the old fashioned art of "legging"

Your skipper will bring the history of this hidden world to life on our electrically propelled narrowboats.

Benefits include:

•Group discounts for parties of 20 or more
•2 Teachers free with every 20 students
•MCA Registered Boat Skipper
•History and transportation covered within the tour
•Free preliminary visits for teachers
•Risk Assessments available
•Qualified First Aiders
•Free Coach and Car Parking
•Free admission and refreshment voucher for coach driver

Boat Operating Times:

FEB: Wed to Sun only,10-4pm

Open 7 days Half Term

MAR-OCT: 10-5pm Daily

NOV: Wed to Sun only, 10-4pm

DEC: Open for Santa Events Only



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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      Our Location:
      The Car Park, Off A4123 at Birmingham New Road
      DUDLEY, West Midlands
      DY1 4SB

      Directions from Wolverhampton
      Travel along Birmingham New Road towards Dudley when you reach Burnt Tree Island perform a U turn and head back towards Wolverhampton.

      At the next set of traffic lights on Tipton Road go straight over and follow the Brown Tourism sign to the entrance approximately 100 yards on your left onto our large car park.

      Opening Times

      1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019

      * JANUARY
      Daily Boat Trips - Closed for Winter Maintenance

      Daily Boat Trips - Wed to Sun (Open 7 days during half term)

      6th, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily Boat Trips

      6th, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily boat trips running every 15 minutes throughout the Bank Holiday

      3rd, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily boat trips running every 15 minutes throughout the Bank Holiday

      1st, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily boat trips

      4th, Two Tunnel Two Lock Tour / 5th, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily Boat Trips

      2nd, Two Tunnel Two Lock Tour / 3rd, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily Boat Trips

      6th, Two Tunnel Two Lock Tour / 7th, Through Tunnel Trip


      Daily Boat Trips

      3rd Two Tunnel Two Lock

      4th, Through Tunnel Trip

      Daily Boat Trips

      1st, Two Tunnel Two Lock Tour

      2nd, Through Tunnel Trip

      29th, 30th (am), 31st (pm), Children's Halloween Tours

      24th-31St Dudley Canal Horror Adults ONLY

      Daily Boat Trips - Wed to Sun

      Bonfire Night Boat Trips

      Open for Santa Specials (Early Booking Essential)

      4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th, Special Santa Events

      Tel: 01384 236275

      Fax: 01384 456615

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