National Waterways Museum

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

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  • Stunning canal boats at National Waterways Museum
  • National Waterways Museum run a varied programme of events throughout the year

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About Us

Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

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

Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages, complete with cottage gardens.

There are family activities every school holiday and events from the Easter Boat Gathering to Santa Cruises. As well as the waterside café visitors will find lovely places for picnics throughout the site.

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Guide Prices

Adult (16 & over) £9.75. Child (6-15) £6.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £25.00. Concession £8.50. Your ticket allows you to return as often as you like for one year.

Opening Times

Museum, Shop & Cafe (30 Mar 2021 - 1 Nov 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Museum & Shop (5 Nov 2021 - 29 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Winter cafe opening hours Tuesday to Sunday - 10.00am - 3.30pm serving hot food 11.00am - 2.30pm

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Dog Friendly Business of the Year - 2018 Marketing Cheshire Dog Friendly Business of the Year - 2018 2018

Directions

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:

    • 842Hilary
      Parkgate, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Wonderful, interesting experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th July 2021
      Excellent museum, I lost all track of time as I wandered round this large space, looking at the exhibits and thinking of how this place was in the past and all the people who lived and worked on the... Read full review
    • U8654OLroba
      Trip Type:
      Family
      First time visitor
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 27th July 2021
      Very friendly staff, nice exhibits and kept the kids entertained. We only live 10 miles away so don't know why we haven't visited sooner. Well recommended. Read full review
    • mammymamoo
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 28th July 2021
      Excellent here, wasn’t sure it would be worth the £25 family entrance fee as we only had a couple of hours but was pleased we visited. The AR and audio features really add to the experience. Would... Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

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

    Catering

    • 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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