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Discover the History of the Longest, Highest & Deepest Canal Tunnel in Britain

Written by: Elmtree Press

At over 200 years old and stretching 3.25 miles underneath the Pennine countryside, your students will have the opportunity to take a guided boat trip into this amazing feat of engineering and participate in a free education workshop.

Standedge Tunnel is a fantastic day out. It provides schools with a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to travel through the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in the country. It also provides an excellent location to study the local area, wildlife and learn more about the history of the waterways.

A typical visit day will begin at 10.30am at Marsden Train Station where our Canal & River Explorers education team will meet you off the coach or train and walk with you along the towpath up to the Visitor Centre while providing a water safety talk.
On arrival at the Visitor Centre the group will be split into two. Half of the group (up to 29 persons including adults) will go on the 11am boat trip lasting 30 minutes, followed by a look around the exhibition centre. The other half will be accompanied by our education team in the Thomas Bourne room where they will deliver one of two workshops - waterside safety or build a canal.
Lunch will be at 12.15pm – 12.45pm and then the groups will swap over with the boat trip at 1pm.
The visit will finish at 2.15pm and the education team will then accompany your group along the towpath to meet the coach or catch the train.

Free facilities available for teachers including pre visits; entry for teachers (and carers) and example risk assessments.

We are now taking bookings for the 2016 school term with availability from April – October.

To visit Standedge Tunnel's main page click here