Glenfield Tunnel Tours 2020

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Tour itinerary

We walk for 400 yards into the tunnel, which is where the first excavation shaft is located

We meet in the car park of the Glenfield Co-Op LE3 8BQ.

If you drive in from the main entrance, go down the slope and round the back of the Co-Op store and park to your left in the overflow car park where you will be met by a steward wearing a yellow Hi-Viz jacket on your left.

Please wear stout shoes or boots and be aware that the tunnel is cold. Bring a torch for although we have basic lighting in the tunnel in order to see more detail your own torch would be an advantage.

There is no charge for the trip, but donations are gratefully received towards expenses. There will also be a number of publications related to the tunnel on sale.

Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Trips last about an hour or so.

All places on tours must be booked in advance.

Bookings website:

Tours leave from Glenfield Co-Op, Leicester, LE3 8BQ


Where to park in Glenfield


The Glenfield Tunnel Publications

West Bridge Wharf & Station.

The Story of the first Railway Headquarters in the Midlands.

Our latest publication about the Leicester end terminus of the Leicester and Swannington railway published July 2017 gives a detailed description of the West Bridge Wharf and Station. Reviewed recently by Mr Leicester in the Leicester Mercury,
“A mine of information, written in an accessible style.”

Westbridge publication

Other titles about the Leicester Swannington Railway include:

The Leicester and Swannington Railway Today.

A photographic journey along this historic railway.

Written and photographed by Bill Pemberton, this book provides an excellent up to date guide of what can still be seen of the Leicester Swannington Railway.

A photographic Journey Publication

The Leicester & Swannington Railway

in a nutshell by Paul Banbury.

This book is intended to be complementary to our very successful Compendium Update CD. Its purpose is to explain in simple language the story of the railway for those whose interest is, perhaps, less demanding of detail than is covered in the Compendium update.

Leicester and Swannington Railway in a nutshell - front cover image

Glenfield Tunnel

The longest railway tunnel in the world when opened in 1832.

It includes a number of b/w and colour photographs tracing the development of the tunnel from its conception to completion in 1832, and an OS Map from 1928 showing the route of the tunnel complete with the 13 Air Shafts. Updated to include additional material and coloured photographs of Glenfield Station.

Cover of The Glenfield Tunnel

Five Die in Desford Rail Crash.

The Full Story of this Terrible Accident.

Using newspaper coverage of the time this publication brings this accident vividly to life.
 Desford rail crash publication

Accidents on the Leicester and Swannington Railway

Accidents on the Leicester and Swannington Railway commenced in 1831, before the line was completed and continued to 1960, within five years of the railway’s closure, a span of 129 years.
This book details twelve of those accidents for which records exist.


To order any of these publications and to see our complete range of materials go to our Publications page or CLICK HERE