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Dudley Canal Tunnel and the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Canals were the lifeline of Black Country industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Here the canal boats show how cargoes would have been carried to and from ironworks in the area. The canal tunnels under the limestone hills in the area are some of the longest in the country. The horses that drew the narrow boats could not go into the tunnels so that boats had to be legged through which was pretty tiring work - even for the fittest person.

*Electric narrow boats, operated by the Dudley Canal Trust take you into spectacular limestone caverns under Castle Hill. Find out what "legging" is and how to do it!

*Notice: This exhibit is not included in the Museum's admission charge. There is an extra charge for this trip.

Please note that , due to fully booked Santa boat trips,  Dudley Canal Trust trips are unavailable on the following dates: 14,  16 - 23 Dec.


January - February: Open 10am-4pm, 7 days a week. Closed from 1st-13th January.

March-October: Open 10-5pm, 7 days a week.

November: Open 10-4pm, 7 days a week.

December: Open 10-4pm, Monday-Friday. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.


Canal Trips -  more information about the canal trips can be found on the Dudley Canal Trust Website

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