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.

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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

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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

Special Offers

  • 2-for-1 Adult Tickets

    Northwich’s multi award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum and nearby Tabley House, near Knutsford, will offer 2-for-1 priced adult tickets from now until the end of October 2021. Vouchers for this exclusive offer are available at its ticket desks. The sites, both ‘gems’ of Cheshire are an ideal combination for a perfect day out – or alternatively, the vouchers can be used on separate days until the end of the offer, saving adults who visit both sites up to £7. For information on the sites go to www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk and www.tableyhouse.co.uk.

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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
      280
    • Very Good
      128
    • Average
      16
    • Poor
      5
    • Terrible
      0

    Recent Reviews:

    • Patric D
      Sandbach, United Kingdom
      A unique piece of history
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 22nd May 2021
      This is a wonderful museum. It is well-laid out and tells a compelling story of the history of salt extraction and production. Today it is quiet and serene ... very different from how it would have... Read full review
    • Vicki K
      Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Well worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 26th May 2021
      A little gem of a place. A mix of traditional and interactive displays,coupled with some of the original salt works. Very well organised and totally Covid safe. Read full review
    • gillianmufc
      Sheffield, United Kingdom
      An interesting visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 24th July 2021
      A really interesting visit. Well set out, clean and pleasant. Clean toilets, and good tea/coffee. Lovely picnic area and children's play area, and you can walk by the canal. There are some very... 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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