Lion Salt Works

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

Tel: 01606 275066

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Lion Salt Works, a restored historic open-pan salt making site
  • Lion Salt Works, a restored historic open-pan salt making site
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About Us

The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site in the village of Marston, beside the Trent and Mersey Canal and close to the remarkable Anderton Boat Lift.  This £10 million project opened in 2015 and was voted the UK’s Best Heritage project in the 2016 National Lottery Awards.  It offers a fascinating journey through the life of the country’s last open-pan salt works.  You can explore the site and its restored buildings to discover how the Salt Works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape.  Your visit will also set the scene for a wider exploration of the footpaths, waterways and attractions of the adjacent Northwich Woodlands and the Weaver Valley. 

There is an active programme of special exhibitions and events.  See website for more information.  


The Lion Salt Works Café is housed in the rebuilt Stove House 5. The images on the wall, the Boiling Pan 5 outside and the view of the play area all make this a unique venue for a chat, a meeting, a family outing or a group visit.

We serve hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and ice creams.

To avoid disappointment, please pre-order your sandwiches with us if you are coming with a group.

Disabled access

Wheelchair access is available across the whole site.


Guide Prices

Adult £6.25, concession £5.50, child £4. Other ticket options available. Free access to café, gift shop, butterfly garden, play area, canal towpath and car park. Please note prices subject to increase in April 2019. Please check website for details.

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Tuesday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00

* Play area and butterfly garden open daily 9am-5.20pm.


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

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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:

  • MandL-OM
    Merstham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Visit by canal boat
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th April 2019
    Our last day on our canal boat holiday and a day ahead of schedule. I was really impressed by the whole process here from the work done to restore the salt works, to the fact that I learnt so much... Read full review
  • Herbbooth
    Stretford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Very well presented
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th April 2019
    We visited here as a 3 coach (about 75 of us) & they managed to cope with all & it was very interesting as to how a business can be founded 200 years ago on salt. Read full review
  • Achnerm
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Very interesting visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th April 2019
    A lot of work has gone into making this a tourist attraction, and they have done it very well. It’s is accessible to wheelchair users as there are lifts to each floor, but please note there are... Read full review

Contact Us

Tel: 01606 275066

Tel: 01606 275066

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