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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.
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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|High Season (22/03/2014 - 31/12/2014)|
|Low Season (01/02/2015 - 21/03/2015)|
* Please note opening times vary.
Consult website for further specific information for opening times throughout the year.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult - Combined Lift and River Trip||£12.00 per ticket|
|Child - Combined Lift and River Trip||£9.00 per ticket|
|Concession - Combined Lift and River Trip||£10.50 per ticket|
|Family - Combined Lift and River Trip||£33.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.