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

2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
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
      300
    • Very Good
      142
    • Average
      19
    • Poor
      5
    • Terrible
      1

    Recent Reviews:

    • B7401ILdennisj
      Good
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 6th November 2023
      We arrived too late to visit the museum proper but the grounds were interesting plus the bookshop was excellent. I picked up a few simple folded paper articles that were fascinating accounts of... Read full review
    • BrianL352
      Huntingdon, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Informative but a little sad
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 18th November 2023
      On approach from the car park the impression was good. Entrance through the cafe/gift shop seemed OK and we proceeded to tour. A self guided tour which explained the salt extraction process was good... Read full review
    • Anne I
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Worth seeing museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 18th January 2024
      Very interesting museum which is worth visiting. A lot of information about this old factory producing salt (e.g. Why salt was produced in this particular part of England and the condition of the... 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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