Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

Tel: 01606 786777

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Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
  • Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
  • Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
  • All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
  • Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
  • Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering
  • New outdoor playground at Anderton Boat Lift
  • Fun for all ages at Anderton Boat Lift
  • There is a varied programme of events throughout the year at Anderton Boat Lift

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The grounds and takeaway are now open - Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates on the visitor centre reopening and boat trips restarting in the summer. 

Marvel at the miraculous feat of Victorian engineering they call the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’. No wonder it won Visit England’s 2018 Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year - Take a 30-minute boat ride up or down the lift to get the inside track on its workings. If you’ve got a head for heights, try Walking The Lift; venture out along the aqueduct to see the former control room and machine deck, then climb to the very top of this impressive structure for wonderful panoramic views. Little ones will love the new Let’s Play outdoor area, complete with a mock-up of Anderton’s bridge, control house and mooring area, and, inside the Visitor Centre, a lift-themed craft area where young imaginations can fly. Check out, too, the fascinating exhibition about this unique spectacle.


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Guide Prices

Lift Trip Only;
Adults 25+ £8.25
Children 5-15 £4.25
Young adult 16-24 £6.25
Under 5's FREE

River Trip Only;
Adults 25+ £5.25
Children 5-15 £3.25
Young adult 16-24 £4.25
Under 5's FREE

Combined Lift & River Trip;
Adults 25+ £12.25
Children 5-15 £7.25
Young Adult 16-24 £9.25
Under 5's FREE

Opening Times

2022 (20 May 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
Monday - Friday09:30 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 17:30

* Currently only the grounds and takeaway service is open - Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Keep an eye on this page and social media for updates on the visitor centre reopening and boat trips restarting in the summer.

Car park open:
1 April to 30 September 9:00 - 20:00
1 October to 31 March 9:00 - 17:00

There's a charge and you can pay both by cash and card:

£2 for up to three hours
£3 all day
Free for coaches - please call 01606 786777 to book your coach in advance to make sure parking is available


  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - 2018 Marketing Cheshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - 2018 2018
  • RegionalMarketing Cheshire Award Winner 2019 Marketing Cheshire Award Winner 2019 2019


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. 


Public Transport Directions

Rail-  Northwich Station is the nearest station which is 35-minute walk (1.8 miles). Bus transfers avaiable from rail station and  Northwich Bus Interchange. 

Bus - Buses run  regularly to and from Northwich. Closest bus stop Swing Bridge (13-minute walk, 0.7 mi)

Bike - download the heritage cycle trail leaflet and map



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    Recent Reviews:

    • reetpetite157
      Cumbria, United Kingdom
      Extended boat trip
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 17th October 2021
      Visited first week of October for an Extended Trip on the boat Edwin Clark. Thank you to all the staff. From the lady who took our booking to the staff on site and on the boat you are all very... Read full review
    • 587lyndas
      Trip Type:
      Excellent visitor centre
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 28th October 2021
      We had visited the area before but the visitor centre hadn't been open at the time. Today the visitor centre was open and was excellent! The staff were friendly and helpful. The shop had a wide... Read full review
    • keith b
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      anderton walk
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 18th November 2021
      The lift is closed today but I went for a pleasant walk starting from the park. Be warned though there are very few signs. I believed I was walking in a circle but ended up by asda in northwich... Read full review



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

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction
    • Pet Friendly - In some areas


    • 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 on site and in the Northwich Community Woodlands.

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (charge) - Parking is charged at £2 for up to 3 hours and £3 for the day (until car park closing time).

    Payment Methods

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

    Provider Facilities

    • Civil Weddings
    • Conference facilities
    • Event Venue
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction - The two-storey 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 - Located in the village of Anderton, just north of Northwich Town Centre.

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • 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

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01606 786777

    Tel: 01606 786777

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