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

2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
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
    • Excellent
      294
    • Very Good
      134
    • Average
      17
    • Poor
      5
    • Terrible
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Edwina P
      Cheshire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Day out with grandchildren
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 27th October 2022
      I didn’t know what to expect but took 2 of my grandchildren age 9 and 12 on a a warm sunny day in October half term break. The first thing my boys noticed was the fantastic play ground which they... Read full review
    • lillibet12309
      Preston, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A REALLY INTERESTING MORNING.
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 30th October 2022
      We were on our way back from a weekend near Chester and as I'd seen the signs for this museum on several previous occasions, I suggested we called in. We had just missed the time for the guided tour... Read full review
    • steve k
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great museum and so interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 3rd November 2022
      Great museum. Very helpful staff and the museum and exhibits were of a very high standard. If you want to learn about the salt industry and how it dominated this area of the UK, this is a great place... 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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