Black Country Living Museum


Visitor moorings on both sides of the canal, though mostly on the BCLM side.  These are secure – you cannot get in to them without coming through either Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust or the Black Country Living Museum unless you have a C&RT key.

Take care not to block the turn out of (or in to) the musum, as this turn is tight for the full length boats that regularly come in and out of the museum.  (Including our own Atlas and Malus)

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Boaters Facilities

The BCLM Sanitary Station is opposite the museum.

It has Elsan disposal, self operated pump out (for which you need a C&RT card), toilets and a shower.

There is a rubbish skip in in the Dudley Tunnel visitor centre car park behind the san station.

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The “Bottle and Glass” in the Black Country Living Museum provides a very decent pint.
and Hobb’s Fish and Chip shop provides first rate fish and chips.  To my mind the unfortunate thing is that you cannot have a beer with your fish and chips – but that has never stopped me enjoying both.

Mad O’Rourkes in Tipton is not too far away, though I usually go there from Tipton rather than the BCLM.

Things to do

Be sure and allow plenty of time to visit the museum.  You will have no difficulty filling a day.  Somewhat confusingly, the notice still says that tickets for the museum are on sale in the pub.  They aren’t, – you buy them at the Dudley Tunnel trip office.

The boat trips in to the Dudley Tunnel and mines are a must.

Some pedantry

Although these moorings and facilities are on the Dudley No 1 canal, unless you are able to get through the Dudley Tunnel, for which you need a very low profile boat with either an electric motor or the muscle to leg your boat through and the permission of the Dudley Canal Trust the only access is from the Old Main Line at Tipton Junction.
The only practical route from one end of the tunnel to the other for most boaters is down to the New Main Line, through Netherton Tunnel and down the Dudley No 2 to Parkhead.

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