Lion Salt Works

Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES

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Britain's newest heritage attraction gives a fascinating and fresh insight into the story of salt, brought to life with fun, interactive and imaginative educational exhibits. Enjoy the 'subsiding house' and the thrill of theatrical lighting, sound and film evoking the giant clouds of steam once produced by the site's huge salt-boiling pans.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£6.25 adult
Adult Annual Pass£18.00 adult
Child£4.00 child
Concessions£5.50 concession
Concesson Family 1 Adult & 3 Children£14.00 family
Family 2 Adults + 2 Children£15.20 family
Family Annual Pass (2 + 2 or 1 + 3)£50.00 family

Free access to café, gift shop, butterfly garden, play area, canal towpath and car park.

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Road Directions

At the crossing of the B5075 from Northwich and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Leave M6, jct 19 and follow A556; or M56, jct 10 and follow A559.Nearest train stations are Northwich (1 mile), Hartford (3 miles).Buses available to Northwich town centre.

Public Transport Directions

By coach: Please book your groups in advance. By train: From Northwich Railway Station the Salt Works is a 25 minute walk or 15 minutes by bicycle. There is no taxi rank at the station. By bicycle: The Salt Works is on two Sustrans routes: On road – local route off Route 5 (Northwich) and Route 70 (Great Budworth). Traffic free – along Trent and Mersey Canal towpath. By canal: Canal boats can be moored alongside the Salt Works with visitor access from the towpath. Please check the Canal and River Trust for terms and conditions.  


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Recent Reviews:

  • Singing_Engineer
    Sandbach, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fascinating Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 14th October 2018
    This fascinating museum tells the story of salt manufacture from brine, a crucial part of Cheshire’s history. The working conditions were very unpleasant and this museum brings the story of the... Read full review
  • susanmartin2018
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A glimpse of times gone by.
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 4th October 2018
    We visited the salt works to catch a glimpse of the history of Cheshire. My ancestors were flatmen and it was interesting to see how the extraction of salt and the processing led to the final product... Read full review
  • Janine J
    Northwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
    This piece of history is a must see. Beautifully restored, quite sad to think people had to work so hard in such difficult conditions. Love the "telephone" conversations with the workers, made it... Read full review


  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 Marketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 2015

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Tuesday – Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, Lion Salt Works.
10.30am-5pm, play area and butterfly garden 9am–5.20pm.

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