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.
No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002.
The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop.
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 April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
Chester, United Kingdom
The boat lift is very interesting, though we were equally fascinated by the dominating industrial buildings across the river. Spent 20-30 mins but didn't really look in the info centre Read full review
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Amazing to watch, amazing to take the boat from canal at the top down to a river trip at the bottom.. Very enjoyable experience and the talk on the boat was very informative. The engineering is just... Read full review
London, United Kingdom
Wonderful view of Victorian Engineering
This is the sort of short visit that suits older people. I think youngsters would get a bit impatient. The lift itself is a superb piece of history/engineering and well worth a visit. The journey up... Read full review
- 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
- Village Location - We are Located in the village of Anderton, just north of Northwich Town Centre.
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled 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
- Delta 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
- Conference facilities
- Family Fun
- Marketed Towards Families
- Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
- Min group size numeric qualifier - 12
Map & Directions
Leave M6, jct 19 and follow A556 to Chester, take A559 for Northwich town centre. Follow brown signs.
Leave M56, jct 10 the Anderton Boat Lift is just 5 miles, follow the A49 for Northwich turn left onto A533 Barnton. Follow signage.
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