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Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Marsden
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside, Standedge Tunnel is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out. As one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways visitors can explore deep into the tunnel on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in the cafe and let the kids jump, climb and explore around our playground and wildlife garden.
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was our second visit with different grand children.
The tour guide was very helpful and made the canal trip a worthwhile experience for the children.
Likewise the friendly coffee shop staff.
An excellent place to spend a half day.

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GlosWaterways, Public Relations Manager at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

Thank you for your feedback - we're pleased you decided to bring your grandchildren to visit us and experience Britain's longest, widest, deepest, canal tunnel. Our staff are often praised for their friendly, informative approach and we are pleased they helped to enhance your visitor experience. During the summer we have lots of special events for families, so be sure to visit again soon!

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Great little visitor centre with a history of the canal tunnel, the longest and highest in the counry at over three miles, with links to the adjacent railway tunnels. You can go into the tunnel on the canal taxi for about 500 metres and see the interior for yourself, not for the claustrophobic!

Thank Michael H
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GlosWaterways, Public Relations Manager at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Glad you enjoyed your trip into our historic canal tunnel - imagine what it must have been like building it!

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Take the short walk along the towpath from Marsden station car park (free), through the woodland to the canal basin and entrance to the UK’s longest and deepest canal tunnel. The visitor centre has the usual displays and photos of the fascinating history of the place and the shockingly tough lifestyles of the people who worked here. Nowadays it’s a lot more peaceful! The café by the tunnel entrance serves a limited range of snacks and drinks but they’re tasty and good value. On a decent day it’s a great place to sit and admire the Pennines all around you.

The tunnel itself was restored and reopened in 2001 and there are hourly boat trips inside (or all the way through on alternate Saturdays), although I can't comment further having not taken one this time around.

Thank Stuart H
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

We were in Marsden and decided to go for a trip on the barge. We bought our tickets from the shop and waited for the next trip. I think they run every hour and 3pm is the last trip. We were greeted by a lady (I think her name was Michaela) and she welcomed us aboard and explained some safety rules before we set off. As there were only 4 of us on the boat we sat at the front instead of inside. Michaela told us all about the history of the tunnels and the surrounding area and it was a joy to listen to her. She explained everything extremely well and seemed to genuinely enjoy her job. The whole trip lasted 30 minutes and was well worth the money (£4.50). If we were in Marsden again, I would do the excursion again.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

This is a great trip under the Pennines. Lovely part of the country. The tunnel is 3 miles long, the guides are very nice and helpful. When we got through we walked back and the views are lovely

Thank 472lindam472
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