National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

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  • Stunning canal boats at National Waterways Museum
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Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

With its delightful waterside setting, historic canal boats and fascinating displays housed in Victorian buildings of the former transhipment dock, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather.

Friendly dogs are welcome, and we ask that they be kept on a lead at all times. 


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Guide Prices

Adult (16 & over) £11.50. Child (6-15) £8.50 Child (5 and under) Free. Family (2 adults + 2 children) £28.50. Concession £10.50. Your ticket allows you to return as often as you like for one year.

Opening Times

Museum, Shop & Cafe (30 Mar 2024 - 1 Nov 2024)
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Museum, Shop & Cafe (1 Nov 2024 - 29 Mar 2025)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Please visit the museum's website for latest information.


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Road Directions

Leave M53, jct 9 and follow signs.

Public Transport Directions

By rail – Merseyrail half-hourly service from central Liverpool and stations on the Wirral. 10-minute walk from Ellesmere Port station

By bike - the towpath alongside the Shropshire Union Canal runs right up to the museum.

By bus – 20-minute walk from Ellesmere Port bus station.  Wide range of services including from Caernarfon, Chester, Liverpool, Neston, Runcorn and Wirral.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Sarah C
      Halloween day out on the canal.
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 30th October 2023
      Absolutely brilliant Halloween themed day out! We got there at opening and stayed until just before it closed. Lots of things to do, the park alone was worth the visit. As it was almost Halloween... Read full review
    • julie38w
      A must have visit supper value for money
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th December 2023
      We first discovered this place in August we went for a day out and found entry price is not just for the day it is for a whole year . They have loads of events going on throughout the year or if... Read full review
    • 87christineo
      Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
      Great day out - Interesting Project
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 29th January 2024
      Had a great day out. Beautifully maintained. Friendly staff. Stunning location, right in front of Liverpool airport. Great piece of history. Read full review



    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Conference facilities
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families
    • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Contact Us

    Tel: 0151 355 5017

    Tel: 0151 355 5017

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