A DUDLEY tourist attraction has been recognised for providing a quality learning environment for visitors.

Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge once again.

The accreditation recognises excellence in provision for schools and learners when they visit.

“We’re so pleased to have this awarded to us again,” Sarah Fellows, the trust's heritage activities officer, said.

“Our programme of workshops and boat trips for schools has been receiving rave reviews from teachers and students since we introduced new opportunities back in 2015 when our Portal building opened, so it’s great to see this hard work recognised.”

The badge assures quality in six different areas of performance, including the activities and experiences offered, the learning provided, health and safety and support from venue staff before and after the visit.

“We can’t wait to welcome even more students to us this year,” added heritage activities assistant Holly Wain.

“Our caverns are a really special place and such a unique visit for schools.”

As well as heading underground for a boat trip into the hidden world, students can take part in interactive workshop sessions, tailored to the age and ability of the students.

Those with additional needs are welcomed too.

Teachers who are interested in taking their students on a visit can email learning@dctt.org.uk or call 0121 557 6265 for more information.

Prices start from £6.75 per student in 2018 for a full day visit that includes a 45 minute boat trip, a 45 minute workshop session and time to explore the exhibitions on site.