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Anderton Boat Lift

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Lift Lane

Tel: 01606 786777

anderton boat lift


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Combined Lift and River Trip£12.50 per ticket
Child - Combined Lift and River Trip£9.50 per ticket
Concession - Combined Lift and River Trip£11.00 per ticket
Family - Combined Lift and River Trip£34.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


The Anderton Boat Lift is a great day out, whether you are a history buff or a family looking for weekend activities. 

The Visitor Centre has FREE entry and is home to a fantastic, interactive exhibition, Gift Shop and Coffee Shop. Discover the history and heritage behind the Boat Lift in the exhibition, take a guided boat trip through the magnicent lift itself, then enjoy a tasty light lunch, sandwich, jacket potato or homemade cake and hot drink in the Coffee Shop, overlooking the grounds. The Full English Breakfast is also worth a try! 

Feel free to browse the gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow of this mighty structure.

From March to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.

There is also a great, year-round events calendar: from the Viking Weekend to a Music Festival, Firework Spectacular and Santa Cruises! 

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey-high iron spider. It was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again.





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    Recent Reviews:

    • Derek_Viv
      Derby, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Stunning example of historical engineering, oh and a great cafe!
      5 of 5 stars
      If you like history you will love visiting this pace. Marvel in its enormity and complex construction and wonder at the skill of the designer and builders of the day. This is really is a sight to... Read full review
    • Tarasmum79
      Morecambe, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Didn't seem to be working?
      3 of 5 stars
      We walked down to see this in operation following our lunch today and although they advertised boat trips on the lift and/or the river, nothing seemed to be happening? We saw two commercial boats... Read full review
    • Stelladeans
      Milton keynes
      Trip Type:
      5 of 5 stars
      Day trip to see this wonderful engineering marvel! Well worth a visit - well organised. Staff pleasant and happy to answer questions. Nice shop/clean toilets and a cafe. Read full review


    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction - The 2 Story Visitor Centre, Coffee Shop and Gift Shop are all indoors. The Boat Trip is also completely covered.
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • No Smoking Attraction
    • Outdoor Attraction
    • Village Location - We are Located in the village of Anderton, just north of Northwich Town Centre.


    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (charge) - Parking is charges at £2.00 for upto 3 hours and £3.00 until car park closing time


    • On-Site café/restaurant - The Coffee Shop is newly renovated serving fresh coffee, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis, cakes and snacks.
    • Picnic Site - There are various locations to have a picnic, both onsite and in the Northwich Community Woodlands

    Payment Methods

    • Delta accepted
    • Groups Accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Min group size - To be classed as a group we require a minumum of 12 paying members of the party.
    • Special group rates
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Conference facilities
    • Toilets

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Families
    • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups
    • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available
    • Min group size numeric qualifier - 12
    • Wi-fi available

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    The Anderton Boat Lift can be accessed by regional motorway and rail networks. Below are directions by rail, bus and road to help visitors find their way to the Anderton Boat Lift.

    Lift Ln, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6FW, United Kingdom

    Vehicle Parking Car Parking is available at the Anderton Boat Lift. Charges are £2 for up to three hours, or £3 all day. Charges will operate from 10am till 8pm daily. Coaches park for free. It is advisable to book coach parties in advance to ensure parking is available. Please contact us on 01606 872868 before your journey.

    By Rail Local railway stations are available at Cuddington, Acton Bridge, Hartford, Greenbank, Northwich and Lostock Gralam. Telephone National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 for train timetable details and prices.

    By Bus Regular buses run to and from the Northwich area. 


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    Opening Times

    High Season (18 Mar 2017 - 5 Nov 2017)
    Bank Holiday09:3017:30

    * There are extended opening hours in August, every day until 17:30.
    Please note opening times vary.
    Consult website for further specific information for opening times throughout the year.

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