Glenfield Tunnel

The Glenfield Tunnel - built in 1829 and the longest steam railway tunnel in the world when opened in 1832. Just over one mile long, it was designed by the famous railway engineer George Stephenson.

It was one of the world's first underground rail routes used by steam trains to carry coal from North West Leicestershire's pits to the city, part of the Leicester & Swannington railway network.

It shut in the 1960s when British Rail sold it to Leicester City Council for £5. The tunnel is now open to visit in selective months, 400 yards in can be explored.

Please note tours will recommence in 2022.

Glenfield Tunnel

Last updated 20 September 2021