Sit Back and Discover Amazing Hidden Worlds
THE DUDLEY UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE
Jump on board and and discover a magical underground world which dates back 428 million years. Enjoy sound and light shows, historic recreations and informative commentary delivered by your knowledgeable skipper. Learn about the material which was mined here and how it shaped the Industrial Revolution and advances in canal building. Marvel at how tropical sea-beds worked their way up through the earth to deposit amazing and unique fossils in our caverns.
THE TWO TUNNEL TOUR
Enjoy a relaxing trip along the Dudley Number 2 Canal. The trip boat sets out from The Portal through the Dudley Tunnel then down a striking flight of locks at the Parkhead Conservation Area, along the Dudley number 2 Canal before arriving at Bumble Hole Nature Reserve and the historic Cobbs Engine House.
THE DUDLEY TUNNEL TRIP
Marvel at the engineering feat which is the Dudley Tunnel. It is the second longest navigable canal tunnel in the UK. Our guided trip will point out the underwater locks, the millions of hand made bricks and you will even get the opportunity to have a go at “Legging” the traditional way boatmen travelled through these tunnels. A coach collects you from The Portal Building where you are taken on a short journey to Blowers Green. Here you will climb aboard and begin your trip through this spectacular tunnel.
THE OPEN WATER CRUISE
Join us for an exciting 3-hour trip onto the open water of the canals around Dudley and Tipton. Discover the fascinating industrial heritage and surprising wildlife of our local waterways on this skipper guided tour. You will travel through two sets of locks on the cruise so take the opportunity to jump off and have a go. For your comfort we have the option of refreshments and toilets on board. The boat departs promptly at 10am, so please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before to allow you time to board.
THE FISH & CHIP SUPPER CRUISE
Setting off at 7pm you will go on a gentle cruise around these amazing waterways where we will moor at Coronation Gardens in Tipton. While our crew fetch your Fish and Chip Suppers you can take a quick look round the gardens – make sure you visit the Tipton Slasher Monument – as a British Heavy Weight Prize Fighter – William Perry was a real hero in these parts.
THE SLOE BOAT GIN CRUISE
The evening will consist of a three-hour boat trip along the Dudley Canal down Brades Locks and up Factory Locks. During the journey you will enjoy 5 sample gins to whet your appetite then 2 full size gins of your choice with tonics and botanicals. Rachael and Dave will also be on hand to talk you through the distinct qualities of these versatile drinks.
THE BLACK COUNTRY PICNIC TRIP
A great way to spend 3 hours, cruising around the canals with a black country picnic to enjoy at your leisure. Come aboard the Vic Smallshire, our covered dining boat. A 3 hour cruise around the canals of Dudley and Tipton is a treat but combine this with a Black Country themed picnic which you can enjoy at your leisure – its a winner! Cheese, onion and black pudding cobs, scratchings, Bank’s beer and other treats are packed ready for your arrival.
Our popular Tunnel Tots boat operates every Wednesday throughout the year and is designed for under fives with their parents or carers. Older siblings are welcome to come along in the holidays, but as the trip is aimed at pre-school children we suggest any families without under fives would probably enjoy our Little Skippers sessions instead.
PRIVATE HIRE BOATS
Our Gongoozler Restaurant, Function Room and Boats can all be hired privately and we will work with you to tailor your requirements into a memorable event. Refreshments can be added to your booking and served on some of our boats or prior to you boarding in our Gongoozler restaurant or function room. We can also organise team building activities for you – for example reviving the traditional art of “legging” through the tunnels or undertaking canal clean up projects. We also have Canal Safari sheets for younger guests.