Lion Salt Works

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

Tel: 01606 275066

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About Us

It’s a story brilliantly told at the Lion Salt Works, one of the last open-pan sites in the world, an intriguing warren of stove, boiler and pan houses renovated to reveal how salt was extracted from the underground brine lakes and transformed into a coveted commodity. Immerse yourself in the high-tech wizardry of Salt Pan 3, which recreates the steamy and dangerous conditions where bare-chested men toiled over great vats of the boiling brine. Stand at the bar in the old Red Lion pub, where the workers were once served refreshing pints of beer with a replenishing pinch of salt. Spot the worker’s boots encrusted with salt crystals and the sardine tins that, curiously, wages were paid in. Then step out on the towpath of the Trent & Mersey Canal, where salt was once hauled to Liverpool’s docks, the gateway to the world.

Guide Prices

Adult £6.25, concession £5.50, child £4. Family 2 adults + 2 children £16.40. Family 1 adult + 3 children £14.60. Concession Family 2 adults + 2 children £15.20. Concession family 1 adult + 3 children £14. Adult Annual Pass £18 valid for 12 months from date of issue. Family Annual Pass (2 + 2 or 1 + 3) £50 valid for 12 months from date of issue. Concessions are OAPs, Jobseekers, or Students. Children are aged 5 – 16

Opening Times

2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Tuesday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00

* Closed: 24-26 Dec and 1st January.
Play Area and Butterfly Garden
Gates, play area and gardens open 9am – 5:20pm Monday to Sunday.

Awards

  • Visit EnglandVAQAS Accredited VAQAS Accredited 2019
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 Marketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 2015

Directions

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.  

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    274
  • Very Good
    127
  • Average
    16
  • Poor
    5
  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • sandomingomes
    Northwich, United Kingdom
    A very nice museum with a strong ethnographic perspective
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 11th February 2020
    Visited in December with a friend and I was very impressed with the display. I like the fact they make a connection with other areas such as the geology, biology, archaeology and the people. Strongly... Read full review
  • Thecurioustraveller3
    North West England, United Kingdom
    Rare historical treat
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 13th February 2020
    Rare historical treat, informative and are shown all the processes of extracting salt from brine. More to see here than expected, so really interesting. Lovely cafe for snacks, staff friendly and... Read full review
  • GregoryB
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    One of Cheshire's hidden gems
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 23rd February 2020
    Tucked away on a quiet road in the Cheshire countryside is the Lion Salt Works Museum. The friendly staff explained a little to us before we went off exploring by ourselves. These historical... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Contact Us

Tel: 01606 275066

Tel: 01606 275066

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