National Waterways Museum

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

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 513 reviews513 reviews

Tel: 0151 355 5017

Add National Waterways Museum to your Itinerary

  • National Waterways video
  • National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
  • Family fun at National Waterways Museum
  • Stunning canal boats at National Waterways Museum
  • National Waterways Museum run a varied programme of events throughout the year

Book Tickets Online

About Us

**National Waterways Museum is now closed**

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.

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 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Museum & Shop (5 Nov 2020 - 29 Mar 2021)
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.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    261
  • Very Good
    183
  • Average
    46
  • Poor
    13
  • Terrible
    10

Recent Reviews:

  • Babsstockport
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    Fascinating museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 23rd January 2020
    This is very interesting if you are interested in local history and maritime things. You can take a short trip on the waterway too if you want. The staff are very friendly and there is a lot to... Read full review
  • TonyBond
    Sarratt, United Kingdom
    A delight
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th February 2020
    On a wet and windy day on the Wirral, we had a lovely tour round the site. It is heavily oriented to canals, not least as it is where the Manchester Ship Canal meets the Mersey. We enjoyed all the... Read full review
  • Davegerrard
    Chester, United Kingdom
    DaveG
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
    Went round the museum for a couple of hours while my car was being serviced and wish it had taken longer as the visit was a wonderful experience but didn't have enough time to complete the visit. I... 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

What's Nearby

  1. National Waterways Museum - Boat Trip

    Visitors to the National Waterways Museum can take a trip up and down the Shropshire…

    0.08 miles away
  2. Boulder Hut

    Boulder Hut is an indoor climbing centre that opened its doors in July 2018 in Ellesmere…

    0.94 miles away
  3. FREEDOME

    FREEDOME believes in chasing thrills, not taking chances. Fun starts and ends with safety.

    1.75 miles away
  1. Paradise Island Adventure Golf

    Forget Crazy Golf . . . this is ADVENTURE golf!

    1.78 miles away
  2. Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

    **Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and based on the recommendations of local health…

    1.84 miles away
  3. Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet for Groups

    Cheshire Oaks was the first and remains the UK’s largest Designer Outlet. With over…

    1.84 miles away
  4. Blue Planet Aquarium

    Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in our…

    1.9 miles away
  5. Griffin Trust Museum

    This historic site was once the home of many aircraft during its civilian and operational…

    2.27 miles away
  6. Hooton Golf Course

    The closing four holes will be a great test of your golfing ability whether you are a…

    2.47 miles away
  7. Backford Belles Ice Cream

    Enjoy award-winning ice cream at the Backford Belles shop which is set in traditional…

    2.87 miles away
  8. St Mary's Parish of Eastham

    A welcoming Anglican church with a diverse congregation from the local community and…

    3.26 miles away
  9. Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel Spa

    Relax and rejuvenate your body and mind with a visit to the brand new Vital Health &…

    4.24 miles away
  10. Chester Zoo for Groups

    A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a visit to the UK’s favourite zoo. Home to…

    4.45 miles away
  11. Chester Zoo

    From Saturday, March 21 the zoo is closed to visitors following Government advice on…

    4.45 miles away
  12. Gordale Nursery & Garden Centre

    Officially voted Britain's best garden retailer - everything for the home and garden…

    4.58 miles away
  13. Sandfield Golf Range

    Golf course and driving range with 18 covered bays, floodlighting, putting green, 3 open…

    4.66 miles away
Previous Next

Related

Boat trips at National Waterways Museum National Waterways Museum - Boat Trip, Ellesmere Port

The Boat Museum Cafe has lovely views across the canal basin site and includes a range of tasty sandwiches, cakes, snacks and light mealsThe Waterside Cafe, Ellesmere Port

Friday, 10th April 2020 - Monday, 13th April 2020

Easter Boat Gathering - CANCELLED
more info
Visit Chester and Cheshire

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss