Attractions near the Colne Valley Museum

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

Take a guided boat trip into the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain!

Standedge Tunnel in Marsden is a great introduction to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal which flows through our tranquil countryside.

At 196 metres above sea level, 5,029 metres long and 194 metres deep, the tunnel took 17 years to complete using unpredictable explosives and sheer human effort. It's well worth a visit.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Opened to full navigation in 1811, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal links the towns of Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire, to Huddersfield in Yorkshire.

You can walk the 7 mile section from Huddersfield to Marsden, enjoying beautiful scenery, the occasional weavers cottage and dominating Mills - legacies from our industrial past.

Along the route from Linthwaite to Tunnel End you'll find interactive interpretation panels that explain the history of the canal and the communities in the Colne Valley.


Nestled in an area of rich Industrial Heritage, a wander around Marsden takes you past the old packhorse 'Mellor Bridge', the cathedral of the Colne Valley - St. Bartholomews Church, and the impressive Mechanics Hall which was built in 1861 as a centre of education for local textile workers.

You'll find tea shops, real ale pubs and a thriving artistic community.

For more information contact Marsden Information Point, telephone 01484 845595.

Marsden Moor

Above Marsden you'll find 5,685 acres of National Trust Moorland. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Marsden Moor is a fascinating area - wild, bleak and rich in its own natural beauty and history.

There's a small exhibition about the moor at the Marsden Moor National Trust headquarters at the Old Goods Yard near the railway station in Marsden. Telephone 01484 847016.


Once an area thriving with textile mills and boasting its own wharf, Slaithwaite is now an attractive canal-side village which you'll have often seen as 'Skelthwaite' in the popular TV series 'Where the Heart Is'.

Amidst the quaint weavers cottages are The Manor House - a beautiful Elizabethan building now the Dartmouth Estate Office, and The Lock Up - a small castellated structure built in 1834 as a gaol but never actually used!

Blackmoorfoot Reservoir

Lying on a plateau above the village of Linthwaite, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir is an important refuge for migrant birds. You can enjoy a walk around the perimeter, and don't forget to take your binoculars.

Further Afield

Scammonden Reservoir

Take a picnic, enjoy a stroll and watch the boats sail by on Scammonden Water.

Last of the Summer Wine country

You'll know Holmfirth as the stunning backdrop to TV's popular Last of the Summer Wine series. Take time to explore popular filming locations, soak in the views, browse in delightful shops and art galleries, and experience the bustling farmers' and craft markets.

Tolson Memorial Museum, Huddersfield

Delve into the area's local history at the Tolson Memorial Museum - housed in the beautiful Victorian Mansion of Ravensknowle Hall. There are also some fine natural history and scientific collections.