Anderton Boat Lift

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

Tel: 01606 786777

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About Us

The mighty Anderton Boat Lift, known as Cheshire's 'Cathedral of the Canals' is an iconic attraction and a great, family-friendly day out.

Built in 1875, it was the world's first ever successful boat lift, designed to bridge the 50 feet gap between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. An engineering masterpiece, not only does it still do the job it was designed to do, but it does so with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system today.

Visitors to the boat lift can enjoy FREE access to the fun and interactive visitor centre, tree-top coffee shop overlooking the lift and gift shop packed with interesting and unusual gifts/souvenirs. However, if you really want to experience Anderton Boat Lift in all its glory, take a boat trip up and down the lift (the short one - 30 minutes) or through the lift and along the River Weaver (the long one - 75 minutes).

For the intrepid among you, there is also an opportunity to access the very top of the workings. But do you dare embark upon the thrilling ‘Top of the World Tour’?

In 2017, Anderton Boat Lift opened a brand new, fully accessible adventure play area. There is also a maze (built from the old counterweights that used to hang from the lift), insect village, picnic areas and lift view marquee (for weddings and corporate events) within the grounds.

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Guide Prices

Lift and river trip (the long one - 75 minutes)
Adults - £12.75
Children - £9.75
Family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) - £35.25

Lift only trip (the short one - 30 minutes)
Adults - £8.25
Children - £6.25
Family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) - £22.75

Opening Times

Low Season (1 Jan 2019 - 29 Mar 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00
High Season (30 Mar 2019 - 31 July 2019)
Monday - Friday09:30 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30
High Season (1 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 17:30
Low Season (1 Sept 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
Monday - Friday09:30 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Low Season (1 Oct 2019 - 4 Nov 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00

* Consult website for further specific information for opening times throughout the year.


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Special Offers

  • Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - 31st March 2019

    Treat Mum with something extra special and a little bit different at Anderton Boat Lift this Mother’s Day.

    Your experience will begin with a thrilling boat trip into the lift on the Edwin Clark, followed by a leisurely cruise on the picturesque River Weaver Navigation. Back on dry land, enjoy a deluxe Afternoon Tea in the warmth of our Lift View Marquee with unlimited tea and coffee (Prosecco will also be available to buy at the bar).

    12:15 Boat trip into the lift

    12:45 Boat trip on the River Weaver

    13:30 Afternoon Tea in the Marquee

    Adults £24.99 | Children £14.99

    Tickets available now

    NB: To avoid missing the boat (no pun intended), please arrive at 11.45am 

    More offers like this - Mother's Day Offers


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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Recent Reviews:

  • Tartantitch
    Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Can't wait to use it!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th February 2019
    Couldn't get on the tour but enjoyed the open day. Canal & River Trust / Weaver Navigation Society members all knowledgeable and friendly. They really tried to provide something for everyone. Good... Read full review
  • Purplepeace
    Trip Type:
    Anderton open day
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    Great place. Friendly staff. Sun was shining. Lovely walks nearby. Great cafe too. Lots of chances to get involved. Read full review
  • 602JMT
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A bucket list item ticked
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th March 2019
    As an avid industrial heritage fan, the Boat lift is up there at the top of my list. I took the cruise and lift trip and wasn't disappointed. The river cruise takes you into Northwich and is really... Read full review



  • 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

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction


  • 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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