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
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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.

Café

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)
DayTimes
Tuesday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00

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

Awards

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

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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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Tel: 01606 275066

Tel: 01606 275066

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