Lion Salt Works

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

Tel: 01606 275066

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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.

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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

2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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.  

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      290
    • Very Good
      131
    • Average
      17
    • Poor
      5
    • Terrible
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    Recent Reviews:

    • scouse_mouse_2000uk
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A nice museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th April 2022
      I have been wanting to do this for a while. So glad I went, just nder £7 to get in and what a collection. Great for kids. On site facilities, parking, gift shop. Well worth a look. Had a lovely chat... Read full review
    • sashaLeeds
      Leeds, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Educational and interactive
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 1st June 2022
      So informative and interesting. The interactive displays will keep the children entertained. Finished the tour with a lovely cup of tea Read full review
    • Millie024
      Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      A brilliant monument to the Cheshire salt industry.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 7th June 2022
      We went to the salt works having already visited the Anderton boat lift, and some relations, so arriving about 3pm it wouldn’t have been surprising if we had just wanted a quick glance and to go... 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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