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

Book Tickets Online

Book one of our extended River Cruises along the picturesque Weaver Navigation (at 11.30am or 2pm), 1 April - 1 November.  

There’s also a free waterways themed children's playground ... or you can just enjoy a stroll around our stunning grounds exploring the wide-open spaces and landscaped garden before treating yourself to our selection of fresh cakes, sandwiches, pizzas, paninis and hot and cold drinks in our hill top Coffee Shop overlooking the lift. 

We are dog-friendly throughout the site.

Watch out for our seasonal programme of events taking place throughout the year.

There are no boat trips 1 November - 31 March

Walking the Lift Tours - Selected dates during the year visit for info. Minimum age 16 years”

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Our visitor centre and grounds are free to enter, but there's a small cost for parking

Opening Times

2024 (1 Nov 2023 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
Friday - Sunday09:00 - 16:30

* It is advisable to book coach parties in advance to ensure parking is available. Please contact us on 01606 872868 before your journey.


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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:

    • hellen e
      Anderton boat lift
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 24th March 2024
      Oh wow so we couldn't go on a boat trip using the lift so we did the experience and walk and climbed the lift This was an experience in itself coming from someone who suffers with heights Andrew the... Read full review
    • andrewgR4944EB
      A really enjoyable experience and will definitely be back again soon
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 25th March 2024
      We had a really good day, just went for a walk around thinking I would only be there for an hour or two but by the end I was there for 4 hours and still have plenty to see. The boat trip went further... Read full review
    • sienaDevon
      devon, uk
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      Unexpectedly fab
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 2nd April 2024
      Had never heard of the Anderson boat lift prior to a visit to the National waterways museum in Ellesmere Port. Decided to visit it the next day. Expected to be there an hour but were there three... 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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