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National Waterways Museum

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South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Tel: 0151 373 4373

National Waterways Museum


Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather.

Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages, complete with cottage gardens.

There are family activities every school holiday and events from the Easter Boat Gathering to Santa Cruises. As well as the waterside café visitors will find lovely places for picnics throughout the site.




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    Recent Reviews:

    • otto-uk
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Very good museum, interesting and informative
      4 of 5 stars
      I called in this museum as a I was passing on my way to Hoylake recently. I had not planned to stop-off here, but had time in hand so decided on a break and really enjoyed the time I spent here. The... Read full review
    • Ian T
      Droitwich, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      An interesting few hours.
      5 of 5 stars
      Having taken a few days to arrive here by canal from Ellesmere we were not dissapointed. The entrance fee was very reasonable and our two dogs were allowed as long as they were kept on leads. There... Read full review
    • vensac1
      Formby, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Very enjoyable, great way to spend an Afternoon
      5 of 5 stars
      Really enjoyed our visit to this museum. took the boat ride , the girl doing the talk on board was excellent. Loved looking round the row of houses set in different times.Plenty to see and do here... Read full review


    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction


    • 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 (free)


    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Payment Methods

    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Conference facilities
    • Toilets

    Target Markets

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

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Leave M53, jct 9 and follow signs.

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    Opening Times

    Open All Year
    Museum, Shop & Waterside Cafe Open Daily (1 Jan 2016 - 24 Dec 2016)

    * The Museum, shop and cafe closed from Christmas Day to 2 January.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    Adult£6.50 per ticket
    Child (5-16)£4.50 per ticket
    Concession & Family Adult£5.50 per ticket
    Under 5Free

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

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