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)
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.


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


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:

    • Jayne T
      Sheffield, United Kingdom
      Worth a visit for historic interest about the area and industry
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 18th March 2024
      Interesting displays. Informative about the salt production history. Cafe with a selection of nice cakes. Well laid out gift shop. Play area for children. Staff very helpful and friendly. Some... Read full review
    • Maggid62
      Upton upon Severn, United Kingdom
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      A ‘crystal’ of a museum..
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 28th April 2024
      We visited this gem of a museum on our way home. I love a bit of industrial heritage and this museum tells the story of salt in a clear way which makes it accessible to all. There are lots of the... Read full review
    • Jane T
      Glasgow, United Kingdom
      The Roman's certainly knew their salt!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 9th May 2024
      Having gone past this so many times when not able to visit, we were determined to make it whilst in area for a longer period - and we didn't get let down at all! Museum was far more extensive than... Read full review



    • 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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